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Freiker & Henderson (1813–1837)

Freiker & Henderson

New Bond Street, London; carvers, gilders and paper hanging warehousemen (fl.1813–37)

They executed carving and gilding at the Royal Pavillion, Brightonc. 1820, including the Music Room, costing £1,321 1s 10d; the Saloon, more that £3,000; and the Banqueting Room, £7,944 8s 2d, the latter including £216 18s for the chimney glasses [Wills, Looking-Glasses].

Worked at Carlton House, preparatory to fitting up the Pagoda and Chinese Pavillion in the Orange Groves in the Gardens. They were paid £23 12s on 10 October 1813 for ‘removing old Chinese ornaments, arranging ditto — & preparing & cleaning the same for the Pagoda and Pavillion. Assisting the decorators in fitting them up and the tables — and removing, repairing, cleaning and putting away after the dejeuné’.

On 10 October 1818 their bill totalled £899 2s for work done in the Entrance Room at Carlton House, comprising ‘4 richly carved panels for door heads consisting vitruvious foliage … 4 rich frames surrounding pictures … 154 feet of 4ʺ moulding … Work on mouldings in large blue velvet room and small blue velvet room.’

Directories during the first decade of the 19th century record the firm at no. 161, and at no. 80, 1820–21.

The Lord Chamberlain’s accounts of 1837 recorded payment to James Henderson, carver and gilder at 80 New Bond Street.

Sources: DEFM; Joy, ‘The Royal Victorian Furniture-Makers, 1837-87’, The Burlington Magazine (November 1969).

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