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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…

Brown, J (1838–40)

Worked at Buckingham Palace, providing a ‘chimney glass frame with ornamental carved top and sides, finished in bevelled burnished gilt’, for the Duchess of Kent's Dressing Room; ‘4 new silvered…

Ferguson, John (1687–92)

In 1690 he submitted an account for ‘a very large fine japan looking glass and frame, table and stands bought by her Majesty's command’. In 1691 he provided for Kensington Palace ‘a japan cabinett agreed by her Mat.y for 50…

Gole, Cornelius (c. 1689–91)

Employed by Queen Mary II in the early years of her reign. She had possibly used him, or his uncle Adrian before 1689, for the latter was recorded in Amsterdam from 1683, having moved from Paris. Princess Mary's account book for this period records…

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…

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…

Griffith(s), Charles (1831–40)

Freeman of Chester, 27 April 1831. Bankrupt March 1838 and on 3 April his stock was offered for sale at his premises at 89 Watergate St Row. This consisted of ‘four post and tent bedsteads with chintz curtains lined and fringed, hair and…

Gumley, Elizabeth (1674–d. 1751)

; Gumley, John, cm and manufacturer of plate- and looking-glass (1691–1727). There is no lack of references in the press to the Gumley family from 1694 onwards, but many are contradictory and make it difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. In the…

Jensen, Gerrit (1680–d. 1715)

Gerrit Jensen, whose name occurs in the Lord Chamberlain's accounts spelt in fourteen different ways (sometimes anglicized as plain Garrard Johnson), has been called ‘the English Boulle’. The leading London cm in the reigns of William and Mary and Queen…

Pardoe, John (1717–48)

His trade card of c. 1720 indicates that he was originally established ‘against St. Clements Church’ but had recently moved to ‘The Cabinet & Chair’, next Temple Bar, Strand. He made and sold ‘all sorts of Looking Glasses,…