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Belchier, John (1717–d. 1753)

A craftsman whose surname might suggest a Huguenot origin. The earliest references to a John ‘Belcher’ are to be found in the accounts of Boughton House, Northants. Between 1687 and 1710 amounts totalling £3,880 are recorded for glass, solder, piping,…

Benois, F

address unrecorded. On 10 October 1814 supplied to the Prince Regent 2 cabinets ornamented with Florentine marble, mounted in ormolu, costing £1,000, another costing £500, and a small toilette box, £50.…

Bickerstaff, William (1829)

[D] Possibly the Bickerstaff of 2 Little Vine St, Piccadilly, whose trade card reads: ‘CARVER & GILDER, PICTURE CLEANER, FURNITURE JAPANNER and ORNAMENTAL PAINTER, Chairs, Sofas, Commodes,…

Bywater, John (1803–39)

Recorded at 70 Lower Grosvenor St, 1812–39; as Bywater & Goodbarne at no. 10 in 1835, and no. 70, 1836–37; and as Bywater & Co. at no. 70, 1829–39. Took out a Sun Insurance policy on 27 January 1812 for £3,900 of which £3,000 accounted for stock,…

Chipchase, Robert & Lambert, Robert (1767–88)

At 2 Beak St, Golden Sq., 1767–75 when the address became 28 Warwick St, Golden Sq. The Beak St address was still being used by Robert Chipchase as late as 1787. About 1788 the partnership was dissolved and Robert Lambert formed a new partnership in Beak…

Chippendale, Thomas snr (b. 1718–d. 1779)

Enjoys an international reputation as author of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director and is often described as ‘the Shakespeare of English furniture makers’: his career and achievements have been researched in depth and his name is now…

Dermer, William (1796)

Provided the Hon. James Drummond of Perth with ‘A Capital Tortoise-shell Cabinet’ for £42; and ‘A pair of old Raised Japanned Tables’, £10. On 18 March 1796 he received £52 10s for a ‘curio Cabinet’ supplied…

Dingwall, Alexander (1749–74)

Polled at Westminster in 1749. Declared bankrupt, Gents Mag., May 1753; and sale of stock in trade announced, Public Advertiser, 20 June 1753, consisting of ‘4 Post Mahog. Bedsteads with Printed Cotton furnishings & water-closets, Pier…

Elward, George & Marsh, William (1774–1840)

WILLIAM MARSH. The earliest record of his name that has appeared so far is an entry for insurance cover of £1,500 in 1774 [GL, Sun MS vol. 236, ref. 348625] where he is described as ‘upholder … near Charles Street in Mount…

Goertz, H. L (1814–40)

Goertz apparently immigrated to England from his native Hanover between 1799 and 1802 when that city was under Napoleonic threat. Seemingly, in Royal employ at Windsor for at least a quarter of a century, he was constantly involved with routine …