Fry, John (1796-1829)
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’.
The trade card of John Fry, 1801 [D,2.618]. © The Trustees of the British Museum. https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_D-2-618
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.