Picture This LXXXVII

Right-oh sleuths, it’s time to stick the briar between the teeth, grab the magnifying glass and don the beerstalker.

This little beauty is currently being advertised by a dealer as mid eighteenth-century, of oak and elm, recently polished and with replacement handles. Over to you (click on the images for enlargements).

oak_lowboy_01aFig. 1.

oak_lowboy_01cFig. 2.

oak_lowboy_01dFig. 3.

oak_lowboy_01eFig. 4.

oak_lowboy_01fFig. 5.

oak_lowboy_01gFig. 6.

As usual, any ‘holes-in-one’ will not be published until others have had a fair go.

Jack Plane

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Picture This LXXXIII Redux

The “mule chest” I highlighted in Picture This LXXXIII sold at auction for £1,500 ($3,057).

Geo_III_mahogany_low_dresser_c1770_01a“George III mahogany mule chest”, (Bonhams)

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Picture This LXXXVI Redux

The chest of drawers I highlighted in Picture This LXXXVI sold at auction for £62,500 ($125,636).

Geo_II_walnut_serpentine_COD_c1750-60_01aLot 65; a George II walnut serpentine chest, circa 1750-60, estimate £30,000 – £50,000 ($59,000 – $98,000). (Christie’s)

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Picture This LXXXVI

There is a particularly nice walnut chest of drawers coming up for auction in Christie’s The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks, European Ceramics & Portrait Miniatures in King Street, London on the 19th of May 2016.

The chest comprises a caddy-top, a serpentine front, a dressing slide, blind-fretted canted corners, ogee bracket feet, feather- and cross-banded top and drawers with original brasses. That’s quite a mouthful. It’s quite a chest.

Geo_II_walnut_serpentine_COD_c1750-60_01aLot 65; a George II walnut serpentine chest, circa 1750-60, estimate £30,000 – £50,000 ($59,000 – $98,000). (Christie’s)

The chest’s provenance is equally impressive, having been in the possession of not one, but two of Britain’s most notable furniture collectors, Percival D. Griffiths and Geoffrey Blackwell.

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Picture This LXXXV

From a technical perspective, any wooden chair whose legs, back and arms (if existent) emanate from a solid seat is a Windsor chair.

Here then is a pair of fruitwood Windsor chairs that are coming up for auction in Christie’s The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks, European Ceramics & Portrait Miniatures in King Street, London on the 19th of May 2016.

Geo_II_fruitwood_armchairs_c1740_01aLot 74; a pair of George II fruitwood open armchairs, circa 1740, estimate £20,000 – £30,000. (Christie’s)

These solidly constructed ‘Hartwell chairs’ crop up periodically (see Christie’s Lot Notes) and normally attract high prices.

I blogged about a comparable Windsor chair in the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Jack Plane

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Auction Results – Skinner’s, April 2016

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At least two punters at Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on the 8th of April 2016 agreed with me: The mahogany and yew Windsor settee that I declared a potential steal, more than tripled its upper estimate of US$800 to a decent US$2,583.

The blue dash charger didn’t sell, but the William and Mary oak geometric chest also sold well above estimate for a goodly US$1,599.

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Picture This LXXXIV

When I came across this mahogany chest of drawers, one of the first things I noticed was the feet (fig. 1) – if you click on the image and enlarge it, you can see the bracket feet have been re-tipped. This is another example of a chest with fallacious horizontally stacked corner blocks, intended to support the bracket feet. See here for my last blog on the matter.

Geo_III_mahogany_COD_c1765_10aFig. 1. George III mahogany serpentine chest, circa 1765. (Michael Pashby)

With the chest on its back, the re-tipping and re-blocking are quite apparent (figs. 2 & 3).

Geo_III_mahogany_COD_c1765_10dFig. 2. Quite substantial yet obviously frangible blocking. (Michael Pashby)

Geo_III_mahogany_COD_c1765_10eFig. 3. Poor restoration does not enhance the chest. (Michael Pashby)

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Arthur Wellesley

Sir_Arthur_Wellesley_1st_Duke_of_Wellington_01aSir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.

Arthur Wellesley was born in Dublin on this day in 1769. The Iron Duke forged a stellar military career defeating the French time and again. During the Peninsular Wars Wellington saw off the French at the Battle of Salamanca on the 22nd of July 1812, however, he is better known for the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo on the 18th of June 1815. Wellesley went on to serve as Prime Minister from 1828-30. He died in September 1852.

The Duke of Wellington will also be remembered for the Hessian boots he so elegantly popularised and for the stylish (and much copied) chest of drawers he commissioned for use during his campaigns (figs. 1 & 2).

Geo_IV_rosewood_Wellington_chest_c1830_01aFig. 1. Geo IV rosewood Wellington chest, circa 1830. (Thakeham Furniture)

Geo_IV_rosewood_Wellington_chest_c1830_01bFig. 2. Unlocked Wellington chest with secretaire drawer withdrawn. (Thakeham Furniture)

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Picture This LXXXIII

In Bonhams’ Home & Interiors sale in Knightsbridge on the 24th of May 2016, lot 116 is catalogued as a “George III mahogany mule chest” (fig. 1) which may well be correct.

Geo_III_mahogany_low_dresser_c1770_01aFig. 1. “George III mahogany mule chest”, (Bonhams)

However, looking at the gaps around all the drawers and the damage to the cockbeading; I suspect it’s a low dresser with nine fully functional drawers (fig. 2).

Geo_III_mahogany_low_dresser_c1770_01cFig. 2. Damaged/missing cockbeading and runner wear to carcase. (Bonhams)

Either way, it’s a rather splendiferous bit of furniture.

Jack Plane

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Picture This LXXXII

The work of deranged cabinetmaker, Anne Nomalous, has surfaced again: Evidence of her hand has appeared, this time, in the upside-down cyma recta top moulding of a laburnum chest of drawers in Lawrences’ upcoming fine art sale on Friday the 15th of April 2016.

Lawrences_lot_2125-0William and Mary laburnum oyster and line-inlaid chest. (Lawrences)

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