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Ford, John (1794–1825)

Ford, John

Lancaster, Lancs; carver and gilder (fl.c.1794–1825)

He was not apprenticed in Lancaster but worked for Gillows in Lancaster from 1794-1825. In the summer of 1797 when he was mentioned as working at Lytham Hall for John Clifton on Gillow's behalf. He was listed in the Gillow’s Petty Ledger for 1802-04. In 1801 he was paid for making a pattern chair for the Grand Jury Room, Lancaster Castle, and also 4s 2d each for carving Gothick heads on the 26 chairs without arms (illus. Stuart(1996), p.40. and (2008), pls. 180-81).

Sources: DEFM; Stuart, ‘Three Generations of Gothic Chairs by Gillows’, Furniture History (1996); Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840 (2008), II, p.236.

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