Giles Grendey was a leading London cabinet maker (1693-1780), born in Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire and who was apprenticed to the London joiner William Sherborne, becoming a freeman in 1716. Taking his own apprentices by 1726 he was elected to the Livery of the Joiners' Company in 1729. His first workshop was at St. Paul's, Covent Garden, moving to St. John's Square, Clerkenwell in 1722 where he developed a thriving export trade. It was reported in various newspapers on August 7, 1731, including the Daily Post and Daily Advertiser , that a fire which started on adjacent premiuses to Mr Grendey 'a Cabinet-maker and Chair-maker' caused him to lose furniture to the value of £1000, which he 'had pack'd for Exportation against the next morning'. Indeed his most famous recorded commission came from the Duke of Infantado, Lazcano, northern Spain, who acquired from Grendey a suite of some seventy pieces of scarlet japanned furniture which included cabinets, tables, torchères, mirrors and seat furniture.
For comparison see Christopher Gilbert, Marked London Furniture, p.248, pl.448, published 1996 which illustrated one of the chairs from the Duke of Infantado`s suite. Further examples can be seen in Hans Huth, Lacquer of the West, pl..88, 89, published 1971 and also Lanto Synge, Mallett Millenium, p.84, pl.82., published 1999.
See also Christie's London, Important English Furniture, 10 July 2003, lot 132 and Sotheby`s New York , A Celebration of the English Country House, 7 April 2004, lot 179 for further comparisons.
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