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Bransby, Robert (1668-74)

Bransby, Robert, St Bartholomew-the-Great, London, u (1668–74). One of the agents in Britain for the tapestry firm of Michiel and Philip Wauters, Antwerp. He is mentioned in a letter of 17 March 1668 from the Earl of Lauderdale to the Privy Council of Scotland concerning a set of tapestries, ‘The Story of Cyrus’, for Holyrood, Edinburgh, for which he was paid £160 10s. [Scottish RO, GD90/2/93; 128/74/1/1; Conn., April 1977] Bransby also worked for Anabel, Dowager Countess of Kent, of Wrest Park, Beds., his account totalling £84 10d between 9 July 1673–27 June 1674. His bill of 27 June describes ‘a rich ash colour morella bed made up complete and lined with incarnadine Florence sarsnet, with a rising roof and … headposts inside embroidered with fringes, gilt knobs carved and feet agreeable with 4 silk spriggs.’ He also supplied two armchairs and six back chairs of walnut covered in morella silk to match the bed, and a French bedstead; the whole totalling £76. [Bedford Office, London, L28/14] He is recorded supplying landscape hangings, a French bedstead, and ‘a bed of rich morella mowhayr embroidered on the inside with cyphers and corronetts’, on 15 June 1674. [Nat. Lib. of Scotland, Tweedale MS 7106/108]

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