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Croxford, Francis (1733)

Croxford, Francis, London, chair and cabinetmaker (1733). Croxford was described in 1733 as a furniture maker ‘eminent in his profession for his many new and beautiful designs, neatness of workmanship, etc.’. The only firm fact known about his career is that in July 1733 his stock was advertised for sale by Jeremiah Surman at his salerooms in Soho Sq. No reason is given for the sale but it would appear likely that Croxford gave up the cabinetmaking business in this year. The stock was said to consist of ‘magnificent large and noble glass sconces, and chimney glasses in rich carved and gilt Frames, made after his own design, and several fine walnut-tree, mahogany, mehone and other desks and bookcases with glass doors, and several fine mahogany clothes chests ornamented with brass, mahogany, walnut-tree and pigeon wood quadrille tables, fine mahogany dining tables of all sizes, and dressing glasses and dressing tables of several sorts, walnut-tree, mahogany and other desks, fine walnut-tree chests upon chests and about one hundred dozen of chairs of several sorts’. [Daily Post, 12 July 1733]

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