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Durham, John (1821-35)

Durham, John

London, cabinet maker and upholder (1821–35) 

Durham was employed as the foreman to Morgan & Sanders and in 1820 took over their patent furniture business. At 16 Catherine Street, Strand (1820-28); and 16 Rupert Street, Haymarket (1829–35).

The firm was declared bankrupt in 1826 but continued to trade from 1828 to 1835. Stock consisted of varieties of folding, camp and field beds, combined settee, couch and cabinet beds. As Messrs Durham, furniture makers and retailers, successor to Morgan & Sanders, they illustrated a secretaire bookcase in Ackermann's Repository of Arts, September 1822. A labelled patent folding chair bed, formerly at Nostell Priory, is illustrated in Gilbert (1996), figs 299-300, sold Christie’s, 30 May 1990, lot 306. He  took out a Sun Insurance policy on 26 April 1821 for £2,000, stock, utensils and goods in trust accounting for £1,750. Declared bankrupt, Brighton Gazette, 30 December 1826. 

Source: DEFM; Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840 (1996).


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