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Fry, John (1796-1829)

Fry, John

The Parade, Tunbridge Wells, Kent; Tunbridge ware & cabinet maker & retailer, upholsterer (fl.1796-1829)

John Fry took over the business of John Symonds and began trading in 1788. His trade card (below) describes his business as ‘upholsterer, cabinet-maker and manufacturer’ and depicts two cherubs, one tying string round a parcel marked ‘Tunbridge Wares’. 

Trade card
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© The Trustees of the British Museum

The trade card of John Fry, 1801 [D,2.618]. © The Trustees of the British Museum.

A rectangular inlaid table with a parquetry border and a central image of two putti. (Phillips London, 23 Feb 1996, lot 172).  The table is illustrated in Furniture History (1997) p. 265.

Sources: DEFM; Austen, ‘Table by Tunbridge Ware Makers’, Furniture History (1997); Austen, ‘Tunbridge Wares with Royal Connections’, FHS Newsletter (May 2015);Dr Brian Austen.

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