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Cobb, John (c. 1715–1778), cabinet-maker and upholsterer, is presumably the person of that name put as apprentice in 1729 to Tim Money, a Norwich upholsterer (Boyd MSS). The Norfolk connection is feasible on account of Cobb's bequeathing in 1778 the interest realized on ...

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Ercolani, Lucian Randolph (1888–1976), furniture designer and manufacturer, was born on 8 May 1888 at Sant' Angelo in Vado, in the Marche, Italy, the eldest son of Abdon Ercolani, a picture framer, and his wife, a dressmaker. He was left in the care of his grandmother when his parents moved to ...

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Gillow family (per. c. 1730–c. 1830), cabinet-makers and upholsterers, came to prominence with Richard [ii] Gillow (1733–1811), the son of Robert [i] Gillow 1702/3–1772 [see below], the founder of the firm. Gillows's reputation as one of the leading British cabinet-making firms of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was established by contributions from some ten members of the family over three generations. The business was established about 1728; in 1813 probably for both economic and social reasons, the ...

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Hardman family (per. c. 1820–1935), manufacturers of ecclesiastical furnishings, came to prominence via the family firm's association with the architect, designer, and pioneer of the Gothic revival, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812–1852), for whom it executed designs for metalwork, stained glass, and decorative painting. The firm's founder was ...

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Julius [née Goldman, afterwards Hille], Rosamind (1923–2010), design entrepreneur and furniture manufacturer, was born on 30 November 1923 at 144 Bethune Road, Stamford Hill, London, the eldest daughter of Morris Goldman (1897–1968), retailer and manufacturer, and his wife, Rachel (Ray), née Hille (1899–1986)...

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David Rogerson Mellor (1930–2009) by Michael Boys, 1960s © Michael Boys / David Mellor Design Ltd.

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Mellor, David Rogerson (1930–2009), silversmith and industrial designer, was born on 5 October 1930 at 181 Tapton Hill Road, Ecclesall, Sheffield, the second child and only son of Colin Mellor, a toolmaker at the Sheffield Twist Drill Company, and his wife, Ivy, née...

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Race, Ernest Dawson (1914–1964), furniture and industrial designer, was born on 16 October 1914 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the third of the three sons of Joseph Dawson Race (1880–1966), a banker, and May Tweddle (1882–1950). Joseph Race was born in Hankow (Hankou), China...

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