‘The King's Head’, corner of Old Bedlam, Moorfields, London, upholder, appraiser, cabinet maker and undertaker (fl. c. 1760)
Trade card of William Clarkson, cabinet maker, at the King's Head, the corner of Old Bedlam, Moorfields, London, c. 1790 [Heal,28.40]. © The Trustees of the British Museum
His trade card states that he ‘Makes & sells all Sorts of Upholstery, Cabinet Goods viz. Four Post & other Bedsteads, wth Damask, Mohair, Moreen, Harratteen, Cheney, Cotton & Check Furnitr, Feather Beds, Blankets, Quilts, Matresses, Counterpanes, Coverlids and Rugs, Desks & Bookcases, Chests of Drawers &c., Chairs, Ding Card & other Tables in Mahogany & Walnuttree. Looking Glasses in Carv'd, Gilt & other Frames, wth Carpets & Paper Hanggs of all sorts’.
He also offered to sell estates, stocks in trade and household furniture on commission. A walnut looking-glass with carved and gilt enrichments is illustrated in Gilbert (1996), figs 198-200, as well its damaged label and the intact version of the trade card.
Source: DEFM; Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840 (1996).