Artists and Makers

The list below offers a selection of artists and makers, from joiners and cabinetmakers to large manufacturers, working in Massachusetts since 1620.

Adams, Nehemiah, cabinetmaker, 1769 – 1840, Salem, MA.
Allen Chair Company, manufacturer, 1906 – 1956, West Concord, MA.
Allis, John, joiner, 1642 – 1691, Braintree and Hatfield, MA.
Althin, Olof, cabinetmaker, 1859 – 1920, Boston, MA.
Archbald, George, cabinetmaker, active 1813 – 1834, Boston, MA.
Bacon, Francis H., designer. manfacturer, 1856 – 1940, Boston, MA.
Badlam, Elijah, cabinetmaker, 1752 – 1825, Salem, MA.
Badlam, Stephen, cabinetmaker, 1751 – 1815, Lower Dorchester Mills, MA.
Bagnall, Benjamin, clockmaker, 1689 – 1773, Boston, MA.
Bailey II, John, clockmaker, 1751 – 1823, Hanover, MA.
Barnard, Julius, cabinetmaker, 1769 – ca. 1820, Northampton, MA.
Bedortha, Calvin, Windsor chairmaker, 1774 – 1853, Agawam, MA.
Belden, Sr., Samuel, carpenter, ca. 1625 – 1713, Hatfield, MA.
Bennett, Cotton, cabinetmaker, 1786 – 1859, Beverly, MA.
Bent, S., and Co., chairmaker, 1867 – 1901, Gardner, MA.
Bernie and Phyls, retailer, 1983 – , Various locations.
Bertelsen, Svend Iver, designer, active ca. 1846 – , Millbury, MA.
Bliss, Peletiah, cabinetmaker, 1770 – 1826, Springfield, MA.
Bob’s Discount Furniture, retailer, 1991 – , Various locations.
Boston Chair Company, chairmaker, active ca. 1870 – , Boston, MA.
Bowen, Nathan, cabinetmaker, 1752 – 1837, Marblehead, MA.
Brigham, Jr., Ezekiel, cabinetmaker, 1789 – 1848, Grafton, MA.
Bright, George, cabinetmaker, 1727 – 1805, Boston, MA.
Brocas, Sr., John, cabinetmaker, – 1740, Boston, MA.
Chapin, Justin, Windsor chairmaker, active 1803 – 1810, West Springfield, MA.
Charak Furniture Co., manufacturer, active ca. 1904 – , Boston, MA.
Clay, Daniel, cabinetmaker, 1770 – 1848, Greenfield, MA.
Cogswell, John, cabinetmaker, 1738 – 1818, Boston, MA.
Coit, Job, cabinetmaker, 1692 – 1742, Boston, MA.
Columbia Manufacturing, Inc., manufacturer (maker of school furniture starting in 1952), 1877 – , Westfield, MA .
Conant-Ball Co., chairmaker, 1852 – ca. 1990, Gardner, MA.
Cook, Sr., Aaron, joiner, 1641 – 1690, Northampton, MA.
Croome, George, cabinetmaker, active 1845 – ca. 1880, Boston, MA.
Crosman, Robert, painter, 1707 – 1799, Taunton, MA.
Damon, Jr., John, cabinetmaker, 1679 – , Boston, MA.
Davenport, A.H., and Co., manufacturer, 1880 – 1916, Cambridge, MA.
Davis, Robert, japanner, – 1739, Boston, MA.
Dennis, Thomas, joiner, 1638 – 1706, Ipswich, MA.
Derby, P., and Co., manufacturer, 1880 – 1915, Gardner, MA.
DeWolfe, Jr., Elisha, cabinetmaker, house joiner, 1772 – 1855, Conway and Ashfield, MA.
Dodge Furniture Co., manufacrurer, 1841 – , Manchester, MA.
Doe, Hazelton, and Co., manufacturer, active ca. 1840 – ca. 1860, Boston, MA.
Doggett, John, framemaker, 1780 – 1857, Roxbury, MA.
Edsall, Thomas, turner, 1588 – 1676, Boston, MA.
Eldred Wheeler, manufacturer, 1979 – , Hanover, MA.
Eliaers, Auguste, cabinetmaker, active 1853 – 1865, Boston, MA.
Ellis, John A., cabinetmaker, active ca. 1850 – , East Cambridge, MA.
Emery, John, joiner, – 1683, Newbury, MA.
Emmons, Thomas, cabinetmaker, – 1825, Boston, MA.
Fitch, Thomas, upholsterer, 1669 – 1736, Boston, MA.
Fitts, George, cabinetmaker, 1785 – 1866, Athol, MA.
Frothingham, Jr., Benjamin, cabinetmaker, 1734 – 1809, Charlestown, MA.
Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, school, ca. 2000 – , Beverly, MA.
Furniture Society, national organization, 1996 – .
Gavet, Jonathan, cabinetmaker, 1761 – 1806, Salem, MA.
Gaylord, Jr., Samuel, cabinetmaker, 1741 – 1816, Hadley, MA.
Gendrot, Felix A., cabinetmaker, active 1853 – ca. 1875, Boston, MA.
Goldman, Paul R., designer, 1912 – 2003, Lawrence, MA.
Gomez-Ibanez, Miguel, studio furniture maker, 1949 – , Boston, MA.
Goodrich, Ansel, Windsor chair maker, ca. 1773 – 1803, Northampton, MA.
Gould, Nathaniel, cabinetmaker, 1734 – 1781, Salem, MA.
Gragg, Samuel, chairmaker, 1772 – 1855, Boston, MA.
Grant, Samuel, upholsterer, ca. 1705 – 1784, Boston, MA.
Grant, Erastus, cabinetmaker, 1769 – ca. 1820, Northampton, MA.
Gregory, Mary, studio furniture maker, 1914 – , Lincoln, MA.
Guild, Israel, cabinetmaker, 1767 – ca. 1831, Conway, MA.
Hartshore, Ebenezer, cabinetmaker, 1690 – 1781, Charlestown, MA.
Hazen, Frederick Stedman, marquetry woodworker, 1829 – 1908, Springfield, MA.
Hennessey, Edward, cottage furniture maker, active ca. 1836 – ca. 1859, Boston, MA.
Heywood Brothers and-Wakefield Co., manufacturer, 1897 – , Gardner, MA.
Hixon, Edward, cabinetmaker, active ca. 1850 – , Boston, MA.
Holmes, Nathaniel, joiner, 1703 – 1774, Boston, MA.
Hook, William, cabinetmaker, 1777 – 1867, Salem, MA.
Hook, George, organ makers, 1805 – 1881, Salem and Boston, MA.
Hosmer, Joseph, cabinetmaker, 1735 – 1821, Concord, MA.
Houghton, John, joiner, 1624 – 1684, Dedham, Lancaster, and Charlestown, MA.
How, Bates, cabinetmaker, 1776 – , New Marlborough, MA.
Howard, Ebenezer, cabinetmaker, 1781 – 1854, Sturbridge, MA.
Irving and Casson–A. H. Davenport, manufacturer, 1916 – ca. 1970, Boston, MA.
Jaques, Stephen, joiner, 1661 – ca. 1719, Newbury, MA.
Johnston, Sr., Thomas, japaner, painter, engraver, looking-glass seller, 1708 – 1767, Boston, MA.
Jordan Marsh and Co., retailer, 1851 – , Various locations.
Jordan’s Furniture, retailer, 1918 – , Various locations.
Judd, David, cabinetmaker, – 1828, Northampton, MA.
Kaplan, Isaac, founder of Kaplan Furniture Co., active ca. 1905 – 1972, Cambridge, MA.
Kaplan Furniture Co., manufacturer, 1905 – 1972, Cambridge, MA.
Kimball and Sargent, Partnership of Abraham Kimball (1795-1850) and Winthrop Sargent, active 1821 – ca. 1842, Salem, MA.
Kirchmayer, Johannes, carver, 1860 – 1930.
Kopf, Silas, studio furniture maker, 1949 – , Northampton, MA.
Langdon, Paul, cabinetmaker, 1695 – 1751, Northampton, MA.
Lloyd, William, cabinetmaker, 1779 – 1845, Springfield, MA.
Lombard, Nathan, cabinetmaker, 1777 – 1847, Sutton, MA.
Lombard, F.W., Co., manufacturer, 1898 – , Ashburnham, MA.
Martin, Ebenezer, cabinetmaker, ca. 1735 – 1800, Marblehead, MA.
Mason, Ralph, joiner, 1599 – ca. 1678, Boston, MA.
Mather, William, cabinetmaker, house joiner, 1766 – 1835, Whately, MA.
Maverick, John, cabinetmaker, 1687 – , Boston, MA.
McIntire, Samuel, architect, carver, 1757 – 1811, Salem, MA.
McKie, Judy Kensley, studio furniture maker, 1944 – , Boston, MA.
McNutt, John J., proprietor of J.J. McNutt Novelty Wood Works, 1822 – 1894, Boston, MA.
Messinger, Henry, joiner, – 1681, Boston, MA.
Munn III, Benjamin, cabinetmaker, 1738 – 1824, Deerfield, MA.
Munroe, William, cabinetmaker, pencil maker, 1778 – 1861, Concord, MA.
National Chair Co., manufacturer, active ca. 1930 – , Boston, MA.
National Furniture Co., manufacturer, active ca. 1930 – , Roxbury, MA.
National Reed Furniture Co., manufacturer, 1925 – 1982, Gardner, MA.
Nichols and Stone Co., manufacturer, 1894 – , Gardner, MA.
North Bennet Street School, school, 1885 – , Boston, MA.
Nutting, Wallace, author, manufacturer, photographer, etc., 1861 – 1941.
Oedel, Richard, studio furniture maker, 1954 – , Boston, MA.
Old America Co., manufacturer, publisher, , Framingham, MA.
Paine Furniture Co., manufacturer, retailer, ca. 1835 – ca. 2000, Boston, MA.
Penniman, John Ritto, ornamental painter, 1782 – 1841, Boston, MA.
Pimm, John, cabinetmaker, – 1773, Boston, MA.
Pitman, Mark, cabinetmaker, 1779 – 1829, Salem, MA.
Plymold Corp., manufacturer, active ca. 1946 – 1947, Lawrence, MA.
Pomeroy, Simeon, cabinetmaker, 1725 – 1812, Northampton and Amherst, MA.
Porter, Sr., Samuel, joiner, – 1689, Hadley, MA.
Randle, William, japanner, – 1739, Boston, MA.
Richardon, Henry Hobson, architect, 1838 – 1886, Boston, MA.
Rotman’s, retailer, ca. 1964 – , Worcester, MA.
Ryerson, Mitch, studio furniture maker, 1955 – , Boston, MA.
Sanderson, Jacob, cabinetmaker, ca. 1758 – 1810, Salem, MA.
Searle, William, joiner, 1634 – 1667, Ipswich, MA.
Seymour, John, cabinetmaker, 1738 – 1818, Boston, MA.
Seymour, Thomas, cabinetmaker, 1771 – 1848, Boston, MA.
Short, Charles, cabinetmaker, 1792 – , Newburyport, MA.
Short, Joseph, carpenter, cabinetmaker, 1771 – 1819, Newburyport, MA.
Sibley, Solomon, cabinetmaker, 1769 – 1856, Ward (Auburn), MA.
Simmons Furniture Company, manufacturer, 1879 – , Adams, MA.
Skillin, John, carver, 1746 – 1800, Boston, MA.
Skillin, Jr., Simeon, carver, 1757 – 1806, Boston, MA.
Smallwood, Edwin A., cabinetmaker, 1825 – , Boston, MA.
Smith, Eliakim, cabinetmaker, 1735 – 1775, Springfield and Hadley, MA.
Smith, Jr., Jonathan, cabinetmaker, 1770 – ca. 1820, Conway, MA.
Society of American Period Furniture Makers, national organization, 2000 – .
Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, society, 1897 – , Boston, MA.
Spooner, Alden, cabinetmaker, 1784 – 1877, Athol, MA.
Steelcraft, Inc., manufacturer, 1946 – , Millbury, MA.
Swift, Reuben, cabinetmaker, 1780 – 1843, New Bedford, MA.
Symonds, John, joiner, ca. 1595 – 1671, Salem, MA.
Symonds, James, joiner, 1633 – 1714, Salem, MA.
Symonds, Samuel, joiner, 1638 – 1722, Salem, MA.
Taylor, John, joiner, – 1683, Cambridge, MA.
Thomas, George, cabinetmaker, 1689 – , Boston, MA.
Thurston, John, joiner, 1607 – 1685, Dedham, Medfield, MA.
Tilden, Joseph, joiner, 1657 – 1712, South Scituate, MA.
Tillotson, Harvey, cabinetmaker, 1784 – 1813, Northampton, MA.
Tinkham II, Ephraim, chairmaker, 1649 – 1713, Plymouth, MA.
Vaill, E.W., patent chair manufacturer, active 1861 – 1892, Worcester, MA.
Van Benten, Joseph, custom woodworker, 1952 – , Brookline, MA.
Vose, Jr., Isaac, cabinetmaker, 1794 – 1872, Boston, MA.
Vose, Sr., Isaac, cabinetmaker, 1767 – 1823, Boston, MA.
Wakefield, Cyrus, Rattan manufacturer, 1811 – 1873, South Reading, MA.
Watson, Abraham, cabinetmaker, 1712 – 1790, Salem, MA.
Welch, John, carver, 1711 – 1789, Boston, MA.
White, Abiel, cabinetmaker, 1766 – 1844, Weymouth, MA.
White, Cotton, cabinetmaker, ca. 1774 – 1826, Hatfield, MA.
Whittlesey, Stephen, studio furniture maker, 1938 – , Norwood, MA.
Wight, Oliver, cabinetmaker, 1765 – 1837, Sturbridge, MA.
Willard, Simon, clockmaker, 1753 – 1818, Roxbury, MA.
Willard, Aaron, clockmaker, 1757 – 1844, Roxbury, MA.
Willey, Calvin, cabinetmaker, 1769 – , Lenox, MA.
Winslow, Kenelm, joiner, 1599 – 1672, Plymouth, MA.
Worcester Center for Crafts, school, 1856 – , Worcester, MA.