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SHERATON, THOMAS (c. 1751-1806), next to Chippendale the most famous English furniture-designer and cabinet-maker, was born in humble circumstances at Stockton-on-Tees. His education was rudimentary, but he picked up drawing and geometry. He appears to have been apprenticed to a cabinetmaker, but he was ever a strange blend of mechanic, inventor, artist, mystic and religious controversialist. Indeed, it is as a writer on theological subjects that we first hear of him. Although his parents were church people he was a Baptist, and in 1782 he published at Stockton A Scriptural Illustration of the Doctrine of Regeneration, to which was added A Letter on the Subject of Baptism, describing himself on the title page as a mechanic, one who never had the advantage of a collegiate or academical education. Of his career as a maker and designer of furniture nothing is known until he is first heard of in London in 1790, when he was nearly forty. The date of his migration is uncertain, but it probably took place while he was still a young man. In London he did work which, although it has made him illustrious to posterity, never raised him above an almost sordid poverty. Biographical particulars are exceedingly scanty, and we do not know to what extent, if at all, he worked with his own hands, or whether he confined himself to evolving new designs, or modifying and adapting, and occasionally partly copying, those of others. Such evidence as there is points to artistic, rather than mechanical work, after he began to write, and we know that some part of his scanty income was derived from giving drawing lessons. Even the remarkable series of volumes of designs for ftirniture which he published during the last sixteen years of his life, and upon which his fame depends, were not a commercial success. He was a great artistic genius who lived in chronic poverty. The only trustworthy information we possess regarding his circumstances is found in the Memoirs of Adam Black, who when he first arrived in London lodged a week in his house, only two years before Sheratons death. Sheraton, he says, lived in a poor street in London, his house half shop, half dwelling-house, and himself looked like a worn-out Methodist minister, with threadbare black coat. I took tea with them one afternoon. There was a cup and saucer for the host, and another for his wife, and a little porringer for their daughter. The wifes cup and saucer were given to me, and she had to put up with another little porringer. My host seemed a good man, with some talent. He had been a cabinetmaker, and was now author, publisher, and teacher of drawing, and, I believe, occasional preacher. Black shrewdly put his finger upon the causes of Sheratons failure. This many-sided worn-out encyclopaedist and preacher is an interesting character.
He is a man of talent and, I believe, of genuine piety. He understands the cabinet businessI believe was bred to it. He is a scholar, writes well, and, in my opinion, draws masterly is an author, bookseller, stationer and teacher. . . I believe his abilities and resources are his ruin in this respectby attempting to do everything he does nothing. There is, however, little indication that Sheraton chafed under the tyranny of those twin jailors of the dairing heart, low birth and iron fortune. I can assure the reader, he writes in one of his books, though I am thus employed in racking my invention to design fine and pleasing cabinet-work, I can be well content to sit upon a wooden-bottom chair, provided I can but have common food and raiment wherewith to pass through life in peace.
His first book on furniture was published lfl 1791 with the title of The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterers Drawing Book. It was issued in parts by F. Bensley, of Bolt Court, Fleet Street; there was a second edition in 1793 and a third in 1802, each with improvements. In the first edition it was stated that copies could be obtained from the author at 41 Davies Street, Grosvenor Square; in the second, that he was living at 106 Wardour Street; the last address we have is 8 Broad Street, Golden Square. There was also an Accompaniment and an Appendix. In this book, which contained III copper-plate engravings, Sheraton gives abundant evidence of the arrogance and conceit which marred all his publications. He dismisses Chippendales designs in a patronizing way as now wholly antiquated and laid aside, though possessed of great merit according to the times in which they were executed. His lack of practical common sense is suggested by the fact that more than half the book is taken up with a treatise on perspective, needless then and unreadable now. He falls foul of every volume on furniture which had been published before his time, and is abundantly satisfied of the merit of his own work, The designs in the book are exceedingly varied and unequal, ranging from pieces of perfect proportion and the most pleasing simplicity to efforts ruined by too abundant ornament. Some of the chair-backs are delightful in their grace and delicacy, but in them, as in other of his drawings, it is easy to trace the influence of Hepplewhite and Adam it has even been suggested that he collaborated with the Adams. Sheraton, indeed, like his predecessors, made extensive use not so much perhaps of the works of other men as of the artistic ideas underlying them which were more or less common to the taste of the time. He was sometimes original, sometimes adaptivewhat Alexandre Dumas pere called a conqueror sometimes a copyist. His conquest of Hepplewhite was especially unmerciful, for he abused as well as pillaged him. But his slender forms and sweeping curves were his own inspiration, and his extensive use of satinwood differentiated his furniture from most of that which had preceded it.

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THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Early Sheraton Period George III Mahogany Oval Centre Table
The fire colour and exceptional figure of the book-matched veneers are untouched and have faded over the years to wonderful patination. The centre...
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Freshfords Fine Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
George III Circular Dining Rosewood Breakfast Table
The table has stunning book matched veneers cross banded with a thin satinwood and ebony stringing with a wider rosewood band then cross banded to ...
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Freshfords Fine Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
18th century draw leaf table designed by Thomas Sheraton.
A fine and most useful late 18th century draw-leaf table similar to designs by Thomas Sheraton in his 'The Cabinet-Makers and Upholsterer's Drawing...
£8,000 - 10,000
John Bly
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
18th Century Library Bookcase
A Fine and Elegant Breakfront Library Bookcase in the Sheraton Manner In Honduras mahogany with delicate and restrained inlay in satinwood, the ...
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Butchoff
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
18th Century Sheraton Design Oval Satinwood Oval Writing Table
Fine Quality Sheraton Period and Design , Oval Satinwood Writing / Library Table of Elegant and Typical Sheraton Proportions Standing upon Square T...
£11,500
Michael Lipitch Limited
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
18th Century Sheraton Mahogany Demi Lune Card Tab
The flamed mahogany top and frieze are crossbanded in kingswood with boxwood and ebony stringing and the untouched surface is rich in patination an...
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Freshfords Fine Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
18th Century Sheraton Period Circular Mahogany Dining Table
The circular tilt-top flamed mahogany table is crossbanded in goncalo alves with a thumb-nail bevelled edge. The table is supported on a solid maho...
£9,850
Freshfords Fine Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
18th Century Small Sheraton Mahagany Bowfront Chest
The top crossbanded with boxwood stringing over four graduated drawers with purple heart stringing and brass laurel leaf ring handles. Stands upon ...
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Baggott Church Street Ltd
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
A fine George III satinwood and marquetry demilune card table
A fine George III satinwood and marquetry demilune card table; the half moon top with a large satinwood panel centred with an oval sycamore paterae...
£5,800
Gary Wright Antiques Ltd
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
A Fine Pair of Demi-Lune Tables
A fine pair of Sheraton style painted satinwood demi-lune tables, painted with floral wags, ribbons and medallions
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M & J Duncan Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
A Fine Pair of George III Mahogany Armchairs
A very fine pair of George III Sheraton period open armchairs in mahogany. English, c. 1795. Superb colour and patination. Dimensions Hei...
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Peacock's Finest
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
A pair of antique Sheraton card tables veneered in satinwood.
An elegant pair of George III Sheraton period satinwood veneered card tables; the fold-over top veneered in well figured, bookmatched satinwood whi...
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Reindeer Antiques Ltd
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
A Pair of George III Irish Hall Chairs
A Pair Of George III Sheraton Period Mahogany Hall Chairs Possibly Irish, circa 1790. The pierced shield-backs with round panels painted with...
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Peacock's Finest
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
A Pair of George III Sheraton Mahogany Armchairs
A good pair of George III Sheraton period generously proportioned armchairs in mahogany. English, c. 1790 The square upright-splat backs with...
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Peacock's Finest
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
A Sheraton mahogany dressing mirror.
A Sheraton period faded mahogany bowfronted dressing mirror; with frieze drawers and raised on ogee bracket feet.
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Reindeer Antiques Ltd
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
A Sheraton mahogany tray top commode.
A Sheraton period mahogany tray top commode; the tray top pierced with carrying handles above a tambour door and a pull-out drawer inlaid with boxw...
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Reindeer Antiques Ltd
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
A Sheraton rosewood reading table.
A fine Sheraton period rosewood veneered reading table; the tilt-top with a brass beaded edge and pull-out brass book rests; raised on a turned ste...
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Reindeer Antiques Ltd
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Antique , Georgian Satinwood Pembroke/ Suprise Table
Rare Sheraton Period Satinwood Pembroke Table also known as " Surprise Table " of extraordinary quality and ingenuity of design - constructed fro...
£11,500
Michael Lipitch Limited
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Antique armchair in mahogany, burgundy leather seat, Regency, early 19th century
Fine early 19th century Regency desk armchair of Grecian Klismos form in mahogany, after Thomas Sheraton's design. English, circa 1810. Reede...
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Peacock's Finest
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Antique George 111 Period Satinwood Sidetable / Tricoteuse
Fine Georgian Period Satinwood Sidetable / Tricoteuse ( French Wool Table )of the late 18th Century ......This a refined model taken from the Frenc...
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Michael Lipitch Limited
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Antique Georgian mahogany serpentine fronted sideboard
A George III serpentine front sideboard in figured mahogany: good model with cross-banded top, box wood stringing and shell inlay. The handles repl...
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Moxhams Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Antique satinwood breakfront bookcase
An exceptional George III Sheraton period small breakfront bookcase: veneered in satinwood with purple-heart inlay, kingwood cross-banding and box ...
£18,500
Moxhams Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Antique Sheraton Period Dressing Table Mirror
An Attractive Late 18th Century Well Figured Mahogany Serpentine Dressing Table Mirror Having Three Drawers And Boxwood Strung Decoration Stan...
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S & S Timms Antiques Ltd
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Antique Sheraton Period Mahogany Sidebaord
A Stunning George III Period Mahogany Seprentine Shaped Sideboard Retaining Superb Colour And Patina Having Crossbanded Top And Inlaid Deocration...
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S & S Timms Antiques Ltd
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Breakfast or dining table in mahogany, George III
A superb quality George III Sheraton period centre or breakfast table, in well-figured fiddleback mahogany. English, c. 1800 The solid fiddle...
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Peacock's Finest
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Exceptional 18th Century Sheraton Period Breakfront Mahogany and Ebony Serving T...
The solid mahogany top retains an outstanding colour and patination that has matured over many decades. The colour is very mellow, showing the gra...
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Freshfords Fine Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Fine George III D-Shape Mahogany Kingwood Satinwood Card Table
A very fine and elegant George III Sheraton period foldover games table, in mahogany, kingwood and satinwood. England, circa 1790. The D-sha...
£3,200
Peacock's Finest
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Fine George III Mahogany Side Table
A fine and unusual George III Sheraton period mahogany occasional table of particularly small proportions. English, c. 1790. The beautifully...
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Peacock's Finest
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Fine George III Three Seater Mahogany Sofa Settee in Colefax & Fowler Chintz
A fine antique late 18th century George III period English country house three-seater sofa settee, in fine Honduras mahogany, covered in traditiona...
£6,500
Peacock's Finest
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Fine Pair of George III Mahogany Hall Chairs
Fine pair of late George III Sheraton period mahogany hall chairs, English, circa 1790 Each with a waisted back, with arched fan top and cent...
£3,500
Peacock's Finest
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
George III Fiddle-Back Mahogany Bow Front Secretaire Bookcase
This stunning bookcase is actually very rare as it is bowfronted and therefore exceptionally difficult to make and hence required the very best cab...
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Freshfords Fine Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
George III Lady’s Burr Yew and Satinwood Work Table
The table fitted with a sliding fire screen, a pull out work pouch, a drawer with small compartments, a writing slide, and an adjustable reading sl...
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Thomas Coulborn & Sons
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
George III mahogany bow front chest
A fine George III bow-front chest in figured mahogany with box wood and ebony stringing; original cast swan-neck handles still retaining some of th...
£3,250
Moxhams Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
George III Mahogany Dressing Table
The solid mahogany top has a wonderful colour and patination with boxwood stringing and a cross-banded frieze. The symmetrical boxwood stringing to...
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Freshfords Fine Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
George III Mahogany Set of 10 Sheraton Period Dining Chairs
The patination to the dining chairs is of a rich golden colour leaving a depth of age and warm lustre to backs of the chairs.
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Freshfords Fine Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
George III Satinwood Demi-Lune Card Table
The demi-lune shaped top is veneered in West Indian satinwood and cross banded with rosewood and inlaid with satinwood, and multiple ebony stringin...
£2,650
Freshfords Fine Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
George III Satinwood Lady’s Work Table
The table fitted with a sliding fire screen, a drawer with ink wells and a pen tray, a writing slide, and an adjustable reading slope. Decorated wi...
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Thomas Coulborn & Sons
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
George III Sheraton period antique satinwood dwarf bookcase
A George III Sheraton period satinwood dwarf bookcase, inlaid ovals in the doors and attractive cresting in original paint
£8,950
Moxhams Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
George III Sheraton Period Mahogany and Satinwood Secretaire Bookcase Cabinet st...
The Secretaire Bookcase is made by Gillows of Lancaster and bears the maker's impressed marks. The elegant glazing arrangement to the bookcase ...
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Freshfords Fine Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
George III Sheraton Period Tiger Wood Occasional Pedestal Table
George III Sheraton period tigerwood occasional pedestal table cross-banded in tulipwood. The drop leaf top with reeded edge above a full length dr...
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Freshfords Fine Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
George III tea table
A fine George III Sheraton period tea table in figured mahogany with cross-banded top, inlaid ovals and extensive boxwood and ebony stringing. T...
£2,450
Moxhams Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Georgian Mahogany Oval Tea Tray
Flame figured mahogany quarter veneers within purpleheart cross-banding. The central panel of satinwood within banding and stringing. In the manner...
£2,100
Baggott Church Street Ltd
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Georgian Period Free Standing Mahogany Writing / Library Table / Desk
This Superb Freestanding Mahogany Georgian Writing / Library Table has a Wonderful Patina and is Crossbanded in Carefully Selected Tulipwood Veneer...
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Michael Lipitch Limited
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Georgian Period Mahogany Free Standing Writing / Library Table
This Superb Freestanding Georgian Mahogany Writng / Library Table has a Wonderful Natural Patina and is Crossbanded in Carefully Selected Tulipwood...
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Michael Lipitch Limited
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Georgian Satinwood Gateleg Foldover Card Table
Georgian Satinwood Gateleg Foldover Card Table of Demi Lune Form having Sunburst Veneer Top, String Inlaid Freize on Square Tapered Legs and Spade ...
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Church Street Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Grand-Size George III Sheraton Period Satinwood Oval Inlaid Tray
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Freshfords Fine Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Late George III Sheraton Mahogany Side Table with Ebony Inlays
The frieze is inlaid with ebony decoration to all four sides with a rectangular mahogany top, that is cross-banded with ebony stringing and sits on...
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Freshfords Fine Antiques
THOMAS SHERATON (c.1751-1806)
Mahogany Long or Double Stool
Rectangular with upholstered top over polished rails with astragal mouldings over six tapered legs that terminate with spade feet. The legs united ...
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Baggott Church Street Ltd