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Ellis, B (1804-1807)

Ellis, B.

London; carpenter and cabinet maker (fl.1804–07)

Carried out repairs and made furniture for Bedford House and St James's Sq., London. In 1804 he made ‘a strong kitchen table’, costing £10, for the stables at St James's. Later that year, by order of the Duchess of Bedford he made ‘a cabinet for coin’ for her stepson, the fourteen-year-old Marquess of Tavistock. In 1807 he made two large linen presses for the housekeeper's room and the garret and carried out repairs; his bill totalled £116 6s 1d. [Bedford Office, London.] This may be the same Ellis that inscribed a breakfront bookcase ‘B. Ellis Fecit Feb’y 20th 1806, illus. Gilbert (1996), figs 318-19 and sold Sotheby’s New York, 27 Jan 1987, lot 182.

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.