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Thomas Elfe

(1719—1775)


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(b 1719; d 1775). American cabinetmaker whose workshop was in Charleston, SC. His account book (1768-75) is an important document in the history of 18th-century American furniture. His furniture is signed with a diamond and figure eight, and is often decorated with a fretwork pattern of circular or oval shapes.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.


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