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Andrewes, Thomas (1781-1819)

Andrewes, Thomas, 25 Baldwin St, Bristol, cm and upholder (1781–d. 1819). In 1785 supplied a considerable quantity of fine inlaid furniture for the Mansion House, Queen's Sq. The cost of Andrewes's work amounted to £594 1s 9d. Although this building was destroyed in the riots of 1831 a few pieces of the furniture survive including one of a set of ten shield back chairs inlaid with the city arms now at the Georgian House Museum. Two pier tables from this commission similarly inlaid are in the present Mansion House. A fine inlaid cabinet came on to the market in 1980 with a pencilled inscription indicating that it was made by ‘Josh. N Slade apprentice to Thomas Andrewes’ in 1811. His wife Mary took over the business in 1819 [D; poll bk; Furn. Hist., 1976]

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