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Perfetti, Joseph (1760-78)

Perfetti, Joseph, St Marylebone, London, carver and gilder (1760–78). In 1760 took app. named Thomas Ledieu. Two years later employed at Lansdowne House, Berkeley Sq., gilding and painting stucco work. Employed by John Parker at Saltram, Devon 1771–78. On 29 January 1771 he was paid £41 1s ‘for table frames for the Great Room’ and on 31 March of the following year £41 for table frames for the Velvet Room. These were executed to a design by Robert Adam, and are still in the house. A payment of £8 17s for frames made on 5 February 1778 was to Mrs Perfetti. He was also patronised by Henry Knight of Tythegston Court, Glam., S. Wales. [Boyd's index to IR app. reg., vol. 4, p. 692; A. T. Bolton, Adam, 1922, II, p. 12; Musgrave, Adam Furniture, p. 124; E. Harris, Furniture of Robert Adam, p. 69, pls 21, 22; V&A archives; C. Life, 5 October 1978, p. 1024]

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