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Boson, John (1720–d. 1743)

When John Boson died in April 1743 he had become one of a select group of craftsmen closely connected with the designs of William Kent. Vertue said of Boson that he was ‘a man of great ingenuity and undertook great works in his way for the prime people of…

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…

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,…

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…

Coade, Eleanor and her successors

London (1769–c. 1840). Eleanor Coade (b. 1733–d. 1821) made an artificial stone at Narrow Wall, Lambeth, which so successfully imitated natural limestone that it has been mistaken for it ever since. The firm began in 1769, and it is possible that her…

Cobb, John (c. 1715– 78)

John Cobb was presumably the one of that name put app. in 1729 to Tim Money, a Norwich u, for £45. [GL, Boyd's app. lists, vol. VI, p. 1155] Some support for a Norfolk origin appears in Cobb's will [PRO, Prob. 11/1044, f. 314] in which, in a codicil of…

Dobyns, John (1771)

Sale of stock by Christie's on bankruptcy held on 21–22 January 1771, consisting of ‘A Variety of Cabinet and Upholstery Goods, in Four-Post Bedsteads, Tables, Wilton and Scotch Carpeting, some very…

Folgham, John (c. 1750–1803)

Trade card, c. 1760, gives address opposite the ‘Castle Inn’, Wood St; trade card and directories, c. 1750–77 and 118 Fetter Lane; and 81 Fleet St, 1778–1803. Trading in partnership with his son, Timothy, 1790–1803; and John Folgham jnr is also recorded…

Fuhrlohg, Christopher (b. c. 1740–d. after 1787)

Christopher Fuhrlohg came from a Swiss family which emigrated to Sweden. He was born in Stockholm in about 1740 as the 4th child of the master cm Johan Hugo Fürloh (1724–47). It is not known to whom he was app., but he set off on his travels as a…

Goodison, Benjamin (c. 1700–67)

Benjamin Goodison first comes to notice on 7 September 1719 when he signed for money for ‘my master’ James Moore from the Duchess of Marlborough. [BL, Add. MS 61354, f.76; Ian Caldwell in The Antique Collector, May 1986, p. 96] Further on 1 April 1720 he…