I will preface this post by admitting I am no photographer: Capturing the true colour and depth of the finish on this chest of drawers (it looks deep enough to swim in) has proven to be beyond my capabilities.
Applying the finish to the chest has been a comparatively slow process (it’s taken me well over a week) due largely to my decision to decorate it with, what feign to be, individual tortoiseshell veneers rather than simply painting the chest with an overall testudinal effect. The ‘veneer’ edges are crisp and the dramatic chiaroscuro effect along their delineations intensifies the illusion (figs. 1 & 2).
Wellard has inexplicably spent the past few days barking at the chest of drawers and then, this morning, I’ll swear I saw a passing hare goading the chest to race him. More importantly though, Virginia approves of the unusual decoration and that’s good enough for me.