A catalogue of all the elegant houshold furniture

  • AuthorChristie, Mr. (James), 1730-1803.
  • TitleA catalogue of all the elegant houshold furniture, farming and garden implements, about thirty loads of hay, a large quantity of old glazed sashes, old iron, and other valuable effects, at Ealing Grove, situate near the six mile stone on the Uxbridge Road, late the residence of His Grace the Duke of Argyle : which will be sold by auction, by Mr. Christie, on the premises, on Friday, the 1st July, 1791, and three following days (Sunday excepted) …
  • Publication[London] : [James Christie], [1791]

Catalog Record 

125 C555 791

Acquired March 2017

An inventory of the household furniture, linen and china, in Bloomsbury Square

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Sir William Lee, 1688-1754. An inventory of Sir William’s Bloomsbury residence (taken 24 years after his death in 1788), is a remarkable document recording every item in all 30 rooms from the bed chambers to the coachman’s room, the servant’s hall and the kitchen. Every table, clock, candlestick, painting, pillow, bed, pot, pan, knife and fork are recorded with an additional list of linen, china and glass. The inventory ends with a 43 page listing of books located in ‘the front room’ and other rooms within the house. The collection, of approximately 1450 books, covers a broad spectrum of works including philosophy (Locke, Hobbes, &c.), politics, classics, lexicography, law, and literature (Fielding, Swift, Johnson, &c.). There are an additional eight manuscript receipts relating to Sir William senior. One is a remarkably dense 6pp receipt from Phillmore & Co. for building work ‘done at his.

  • TitleAn inventory of the household furniture, linen and china, in Bloomsbury Square, the house of William Lee Esq., deceased; together with an archive of manuscript invoices, receipts and quotations for building work carried out on behalf of the Lee family, 1734-1799.

Catalog Record

LWL MSS 18

Acquired April 2016

An inventory of the household furniture, linen and china, in Bloomsbury Square…

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A collection of 24 items including 11 letters from the coal merchant Frederick Miller invoicing Sir William for coal, five orders of ale from James Musgrave, and a beautiful printed receipt (completed in manuscript) for the use of one four-wheel carriage. Also included is an estimate by H. Gurney, dated December 8th, 1798 for ‘a roof to a new house at Hartwell’. Illustrated with a plan, the proposed cost was £122.6.0. Sir William died in 1799 and it is unknown whether the roof was ever constructed. A superb and rare archive providing both an invaluable record of the construction trade in Georgian England and, in the inventory of Sir William Lee’s London residence, a detailed picture of how an eighteenth century home was furnished room by room.

  • TitleAn inventory of the household furniture, linen and china, in Bloomsbury Square, the house of William Lee Esq., deceased; together with an archive of manuscript invoices, receipts and quotations for building work carried out on behalf of the Lee family, 1734-1799.

Catalog Record

LWL MSS 18

Acquired April 2016

A particular of the manor…

lwlacq00171 (668x1024)A detailed estate inventory on ruled paper and entered in ledger form; with rental properties and the names of tenants, rents, and valuations.

  • TitleA particular of the manor, capital messuage or mansion house, several freehold messuages or tenements, farms and lands late the estate of Jas. Nelthorpe Esq. deceased situate and being in Seacroft in the Parish of Whitkirk in the West Riding of the County of York, 1767.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss File 126

Acquired January 2015

A true and perfect inventory of [the] goods

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Manuscript, in a single hand, dated and signed with the marks of the two appraisers, Samuel Kidsmead and Henry Stephens. The inventory of the deceased weaver includes his apparel and money, looms and tools, books, lumber and bed. The estate totaled £14.12.00.

  • Creator: Kidsmead, Samuel.
  • Title: A true and perfect inventory of [the] goods, shattells, rights and creditts of Sam. Twissell of [the] Parish of Bisley in the county of Gloust.: weaver, late deceased, taken by us whose bnames are herunto subscribed this twenty seventh day of March 1728 … 1728 March 27.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss File 111

Acquired June 2013

Inventaire après le déced de Sieur Jacques-Mathurin Du Verger … à Chartres …

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An detailed inventory by a professional scribe of the estate of cloth merchant Jacques-Mathurin Du Verger in the city of Chartres.

  • Title: Inventaire après le déced de Sieur Jacques-Mathurin Du Verger, ancien marchand à Chartres, 1786 July 17.

Catalog record

LWL Mss Vol. 203

Acquired November 2012

A true and perfect inventory of … Robert Clark … of Arlingham

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Manuscript, in a single hand, dated and signed by the two appraisers, Thomas Watts and Thomas Roberts. The inventory includes the deceased’s clothes, furniture, household goods, and tools. The value totaled £13.9.3.

  • Title: A true and perfect inventory of the goods and chattles of Robert Clark of this parish of Arlingham in the county of Gloucester, blacksmith, deceased …, 1738 September 26.

Catalog record

LWL Mss File 95

Acquired July 2012