I previously mentioned Hepplewhite’s (circa 1787) design for full extension wooden drawer slides. Tomorrow, November the 13th, Christies are auctioning a circa 1765 dressing commode with full extension wooden drawer slides in their London rooms. The commode, lot 217, is attributed to the London cabinetmaker William Gomm and carries a pre-sale estimate of GBP 50,000 – GBP 80,000 (AUD 93,844 – AUD 150,150; USD 64,000 – USD 102,400).
George III mahogany serpentine dressing commode, circa 1765. (Christie’s)
The Bristol blue-dash charger, lot 153 featured in Picture This CXXXVIII realised £2,200 (AUD $4.043, USD $2,745)) against a pre-auction estimate of £800 – £1200 (AUD $1,475 -$2,205, USD $998 – $1,497).
Lot 153. (Woolley and Wallis)
Ten years ago today – and feeling somewhat despondent – I began writing this blog. It has since elevated my spirits and the combination of making furniture and writing about it continues as one of my favourite pastimes.
Today I will be celebrating with a flagon of home brewed cider and a glass or two of Plane’s Milk of Amnesia.
Tomorrow is another day.
I first mentioned a Bristol blue-dash delft charger that I own in this post and in the comments following this post. As it happens, Woolley and Wallis are conducting The Warner Collection of British Delftware auction at their rooms in Salisbury on Tuesday the 17th September 2019.
Amongst the superlative lots on offer is lot 153 (figure 1), a Bristol blue-dash charger depicting ‘The Temptation’, which bears some similarities to the one in my possession (figure 2).
Fig. 1. Lot 153 (estimate: £800 – £1,200), a Bristol blue-dash charger, circa 170-40. (Woolley and Wallis)
Fig. 2. A Bristol or Southwark blue-dash charger, circa 1730.
Another similar charger, lot 154, is also up for sale.
I previously mentioned the differences between plain cut-in and worked-up shelf supports for bookcases etc.
The image below is a good example of simple cut-in supports.
Oak bookcase, circa 1760.
Further to the walnut secretaire chest-on-chest in Picture This CXXX, this secretaire chest-on-chest recently caught my eye.
Fig. 1. George II oak secretaire chest-on-chest, circa 1750.
I previously mentioned early secretaire drawer fronts were commonly secured with simple iron hooks and eyes – as in this case. The shaped secretaire drawer sides are also more typical (figure 2).
Fig. 2. Secretaire drawer interior.
The iron quadrant stays in this example are period-correct too; however, they don’t normally retract centrally within the drawer sides.
Note the moulded drawer edges (figure 3) which ostensibly look like the lipped edges that were popular between 1730 and 1760 (figure 4).
Fig. 3. Moulded drawer edges.
Fig. 4. Moulded and lipped drawer edges, circa 1760.
Here’s another one for the sleuths: This is described as a “quality solid mahogany dressing table, circa 1770”.
Can I have your opinions please?
This table is described by its vendor as a “late 18th century Queen Anne walnut lowboy”.
Would the sleuths please set the record straight?
I previously mentioned chair-back settees and how they can, with a modicum of forethought, be effectively created from extant side chairs. The settee in figure 1 is one such conversion.
Fig. 1. Utterly convincing transformation of three circa 1760 oak side chairs.
The chairs’ front legs appear to have been simply screwed together; however the three individual crest rails have been replaced by one solid rail (figure 2).
Fig. 2. New continuous crest rail.
The three separate rear seat rails have been skilfully linked together with dovetailed spacers (figure 3).
Fig. 3. Ingenious five-piece rear seat rail.
The chairs are probably Irish and it heartens me to think an Irishman also carried out this wonderful metamorphosis.