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Phene & Williamson (1822-1845)

Phene & Williamson

London Wall and New Broad St, London; cabinet maker, upholsterers, undertaker, carpet manufacturers and auctioneers (fl.1822–45

A continuation of the business operated by Nicholas Phene and from 1821 referred to as Phene & Sons. Their billhead [Guildhall Library] indicates that they were also appraisers and undertakers, ‘sold Cabinet work for Exportation’ and stocked Turkey carpets and iron safes. They also described themselves as carpet manufacturers. They appear at times to have used their trade label to identify their manufactures, and a mahogany writing table (having a leather covered top and two drawers on either side, on ring turned legs), is known, bearing their label. The Phene business built up over many years was probably on an extensive scale as insurance cover taken out in January 1822 by Phene & Williamson on a dwelling house and offices at Brokers Row was for £4,000. [Christie's, 11 May 1978, lot 76; Guildhall Library, Sun MS vol. 489, ref. 987568]. Phene & Williamson listed, as upholsterers, at 86 London Wall, & New Broad Street in the 1845 London Post Office Directory.

Source: DEFM

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