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Arbuthnot, Philip (1702–27)

One of the most fashionable furniture suppliers of the first decades of the 18th century. In June 1702 he was undertaking repairs to marquetry furniture and executing gilding at Drayton House, Northants., amounting to £52 9s 6d. In…

Banting, France & Co. (1813–40)

The intermesh of titles, France & Banting, Bantings, France & Banting, Banting, France & Co., and ‘Thomas’ and ‘William’ Banting serves to confuse the exact structure of this active firm. In one or other of its names it was active from the…

Bedwell, William (1723–42)

As only joiner he took out a Sun Insurance policy on 6 January 1723 for £200 on his dwelling house in the parish of St Stephen. Advertised, Ipswich Journal, 8 September 1739, as joiner and cm who ‘Maketh and Selleth all Sorts of Desks and…

Bell, Daniel (1724–34)

Took out a Sun Insurance policy on 11 May 1728 for £1,800 on his dwellings, stock in trade and merchandise, fortunately, since on 13 October that year ‘a violent fire broke out at a Mr. Currier's [or a Currier's] in Rose Street near Long Acre, which…

Bott, Thomas (1816–39)

Addresses given at 10–11 Gt Portland St, Oxford St 1816–31, and 28 Margaret St, 1832–39. [D] Supplied furniture to Streatlam Castle, Co. Durham, receipts for which are dated July 1829 and January 1830. An estimate of 10 July 1829, totalling £67 4s, refers…

Bradburn(e), John (1750–d. 1781)

Bradburne held the Royal Warrant of ‘Upholsterer to his Majesty and Cabinet-Maker to the Great Wardrobe’ and was responsible for supplying considerable quantities of furniture and furnishings to the Royal Household between 1764 and 1777. His…

Channon, John (b. 1711–d. c. 1783)

In the 18th century there were many Channons living in Exeter and Tiverton, and it is not always possible to establish their precise relationship to each other. However, it is likely that John was the younger brother of Otho, an Exeter chair…

Croxford, Francis (1733)

Croxford was described in 1733 as a furniture maker ‘eminent in his profession for his many new and beautiful designs, neatness of workmanship, etc.’. The only firm fact known about his career is that in July 1733 his stock was advertised for sale by…

Gillow (c. 1730–after 1840)

The name ‘Gillow’ has been firmly associated with furniture making from at least the 1730s until the present day, though the active participation of the Gillow family ceased in the early 19th century. The firm was based in Lancaster though a full London…

Gordon, John and Taitt, John and Richard (1748–96)

Although the firm of John Gordon and John Taitt received a number of important commissions in the 1770s, relatively little is known about the two partners’ early careers. The origins of John Gordon have yet to be discovered, but from his will…