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Garbanati, Joseph (1807-1845)

Garbanati, Joseph

London; carver and gilder (1807–1845)

Shown in 1808 at both 22 and 89 High Holborn. The latter address is listed for a Joshua Garbanati but his different Christian name is almost certainly a directory error. From 1811–26 at 404 Strand and thereafter at 37 Southampton Street, Strand, where he was still listed in the London Post Office Directory, 1845.

The nature of the business is indicated on Garbanati's trade card in the Landauer Collection, Metropolitan Museum, NY.  He claimed to have in stock ‘A Choice Collection of French Carved Picture, Chimney & Pier Frames, also French Carved Console & Pier Tables, Cabriole Chairs, Sofas &’ and offered a service of restoring frames and mirrors. He also relined and restored paintings.

Garbanati attracted influential clients. In June 1807 Sir John Geers Cottrell of Garnons, near Hereford paid him £5 13s 6d for looking-glass frames though it is not known if these were for Garnons or his London house in Hertford St. In June 1826 the Duke of Norfolk was supplied with ‘a Handsome French Frame’ for £6 12s.

Sources: DEFM; Heal; Herefordshire Record Office, Garnons W69/III/182; Arundel Castle records, A2094.

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