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Allen, Abraham (1809-1821)

Allen, Abraham

61 Pall Mall, London; upholder, designer, manufacturer (fl.1809-1821)

Advertised that ‘Elegant Specimens of made up Drapery for various purposes may be seen at the Warehouse’. In 1815 claimed to be ‘Furniture designer & printer to HRH. the Princess Elizabeth’, and in 1821 ‘Furniture designer and printer to His Majesty’.

The first volume of Ackermann’s Repository of Arts (1809) includes a design for window curtains by ‘Mr Allen of Pall Mall’.

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Copyright (Attribution/Credit)
© The Trustees of the British Museum

Allen's trade card reads: 'Pall Mall | 61 | New Furniture Warehouse | Designer & Manufacturer | Allen | Has the honor to acquaint the Nobility and Gentry | that he has open'd private Ware Rooms for the express | purpose of supplying the most fashionable Furniture | Calicoes at such moderate charges that he shall have | no Competitor; And in order to merit the patronage | of the Nobility & Gentry, he undertakes to make up | every kind of furniture to which such goods are | sculpted with an Elegance & taste not usually met with. | NB: Elegant specimens of made up Drapery for | various purposes may be seen at the Warehouse as above [Heal 125.4], c. 1811. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Sources DEFM; Jervis, ‘John Stafford of Bath and His Interior Decorations’, Furniture History (2009).

The original entry from Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 can be found at British History Online.