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Bransby, Robert (1668–74)

One of the agents in Britain for the tapestry firm of Michiel and Philip Wauters, Antwerp. He is mentioned in a letter of 17 March 1668 from the Earl of Lauderdale to the Privy Council of Scotland concerning a set of tapestries, ‘The Story of…

Guibert, Philip (1692–1739)

In both 1708 and 1715 took out insurance cover of £450 on a house in German St. Late in the reign of William III he was heavily involved in royal commissions at Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace. In 1697 he supplied a walnut couch, the…

Kennett, Robert & Kidd, William (1766–95)

Amongst the Chancery Masters’ Exhibits in the PRO is an account book of a furniture-making firm for 1792–95. [PRO, C 114/81] It is one of the few known ledgers of an 18th-century furniture-making firm and reveals an extensive trade. The firm was Robert…

Oakley, George (1773–1840)

The firm of George Oakley produced stylish furniture in the Grecian taste during the decades spanning the turn of the 19th century, and was one of the pioneers of ‘Buhl’ inlay, a form of decoration that regained popularity during the early years of the…