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Bonifold, John (1791-92)

Bonifold, John, address unrecorded, chairmaker (1791–92). In 1791 the account books of the Governors of the Hospital of Sir John Hawkins, Chatham, record the purchase of eight mahogany elbow chairs of Hepplewhite design with finely carved interlaced shield backs and moulded frames on tapered legs, costing £16. In the same ownership until 1944, when they fetched £640 at Sotheby's. On 6 April 1792 Bonifield was paid £6 0s 6d, the remainder of his bill for chairs and table supplied for the Council Room; and on 27 April £8 18s 6d for chairs and table. [Heal; Conn., June 1931; Sotheby's, 29 July 1929] See John Benifold.

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