His ‘Pericles’ Gothic sideboard was displayed on their stand at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1867 where it was Grand Prix winner. It was at this point that his most prolific period began and also when he started designing furniture for Gillows of Lancaster from 1868. in the same year he published his very influential first book ‘Gothic Forms Applied to Furniture, Metal Work and Decoration for Domestic Purposes’, which he dedicated to George Edmund Street. This was followed in 1876 by ‘Examples of Ancient and Modern Furniture, Metalwork, Tapestries and Modern Furniture’ and in 1881 by ‘Fashionable Furniture’. Other companies he designed for were Marsh, Jones and Cribb, Jackson and Graham and, for a short time, was a partner with Daniel Cottier. He designed textiles for Templeton’s, Warner’s, Cowlishaw and Barbour and Miller; carpet designs for Templeton’s and Brinton and Co.; and his wallpaper designs were printed by Jeffrey and Co. He also designed church metalwork and furniture for Cox and Sons, cast iron for the Colebrookdale Co., Nichol and Co, Barbone and Miller and Cowlishaw.
In 1869 Talbert returned to London working as prolific and successful freelance commercial designer and decorator.
Researched and written by Tony Geering.