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Mash, Thomas (1800-1871)

Mash, Thomas

102 Wardour St, Soho, London, upholder and furniture broker (fl. c.1800-1871)

Stamp recorded on various pieces: a George III mahogany partner's desk with rectangular leather-lined top with nine drawers surrounding a central kneehole [Christie's, 22 January 1981, lot 131]; a small mahogany drum table [Chelsea Antiques Fair, March 1983]; a mahogany tambour-fronted writing desk with a pull-out writing slide, the interior with pigeon-holes and drawers, with two drawers in the frieze, raised on tapering legs [Sotheby's, 27 January 1967, lot 142]; on an early 19th-century mahogany pedestal table, with fall flaps and two shallow drawers, on tapered triangular formed pedestal and triform base with bobbin supports; also on a mahogany bow-fronted hall table, c.1800, with single drawer, on four tapered legs, and with box-wood stringing; also on a bow-fronted marquetry rosewood sideboard, with three drawers, two cupboards and gilt handles; and on an ebonised sideboard with oval inlay in top, central drawer flanked by two deeper drawers on each side, applied fretwork to centre drawer; top of centre inscribed: ‘H. Mawer & Stephenson London’. Label underneath reads: ‘J. & B. Blower, Shrewsbury’. A pair of labelled mahogany pedestal cabinets, also stamped ‘JOHN WATSON’, c. 1815, and a writing table in rosewood with brass inlay, c. 1810, are illustrated in Gilbert (1996), figs 614-615. Listed in the London Post Office Directory 1871 as upholsterers at 97 Wardour Street, Soho. The firm was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as antique dealers. 

Source:  DEFM; Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840 (1996).