Thomas Ponsonby & Son

Thomas Ponsonby ( 1767-1848 ) and his son Thomas Thompson Ponsonby ( 1816-97 ) were renowned for their work as carvers and gilders, producing high-quality-looking glasses, picture frames, and gilt furniture for more than sixty years. Their business was located in Piccadilly and Regent Street, which were known for being fashionable areas in London.

In 1823, Thomas Ponsonby was appointed as carver and gilder to the King, which was a significant honor and testament to his skill and reputation in his trade. His business was one of several such carving businesses to hold the Royal warrant, and the warrant was renewed in 1830 at the accession of William IV. This appointment brought prestige and recognition to the Ponsonby name, and it was undoubtedly a source of pride for Thomas and his family.

The Ponsonby business was listed in the 1821 Post Office London directory as ‘British-plate-glass-warehouse, and Carver and Gilder to H.R.H. the Duchess of Gloucester’. In 1824, Thomas Ponsonby was appointed by ‘His Majesty’ and to Princess Augusta and Princess Sophia of Gloucester. These appointments demonstrate the high regard in which the Ponsonby business was held, and the quality of their work was recognized by royalty and the aristocracy.

In 1837, Thomas Ponsonby and his son William were reappointed as carvers and gilders to Queen Victoria, cementing their reputation as one of the top carving businesses in London. Ponsonby was known to have recreated designs by William Kent for the Royal household, showcasing his mastery of the craft. It is highly likely that this magnificent throne chair, which is believed to be a product of his firm, is a testament to his exceptional skills and attention to detail.

Overall, the Ponsonby business was an important part of the decorative arts scene in London for over sixty years, and their work has left a lasting legacy in the world of furniture and interior design.


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