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Gravenor, James (1763-1768)

Gravenor, James

Derby, Derbyshire; carver (fl. 1763–68)

Known in connection with his work at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire for Sir Nathaniel Curzon. Here he carved columns, door cases and mirror frames for the Drawing Room and pier glasses with oak leafed frames and ornamental detail for an organ case for the Music Room. 

His greatest achievement was the fine palm tree bed for the State Bedroom at Kedleston on the west front which he completed in 1768. The posts are carved to resemble the trunks of palms with gilt leaves. The same theme is repeated in a pair of palm tree candlestands for a dressing table, some chairs and two pier glasses in the same room and a large palm tree mirror in the Dressing Room [Connoisseur, July 1978, pp. 203–04 and 207; Country Life, 2 February 1978, p. 264, 9 February 1978].

Source: DEFM

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