Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Exceptional Sale 2011

As its title suggests, Christie’s The Exceptional Sale 2011 (in their King Street, London rooms on July 7, 2011) contains some truly outstanding items. Amongst the treasures on offer is a group of Anglo-Indian ivory-inlaid, teak, ebony and tortoiseshell furniture … Continue reading

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Furniture Doctors now using X-radiography

A conservation team at Knole are employing X-radiography as a non-invasive means to assess the interior condition of furniture and artefacts. Read more. X-ray of a settee showing construction and upholstery. (National Trust/3DX-Ray)

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‘The Price of Putting on Brass Work’

In the latter decades of the eighteenth-century, capital and many regional trade societies published Books of Prices in order to assimilate the piece-rate of many standard procedures involved in cabinetmaking, chairmaking and upholstery etc. The Books of Prices were not, … Continue reading

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A George II Mahogany Reader’s Companion – Part Five

The weather in Victoria of late has been some of the coldest in recent history. Finding a day – or even the odd half hour – of fine and moderately temperate weather in which to polish a piece of furniture … Continue reading

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A George II Mahogany Reader’s Companion – Part Four

The drawers were made up and fitted today (hence, in the image below, the paler wood of the drawer front which hasn’t yet had time to oxidize like the rest of the table). The drawer linings are of English oak … Continue reading

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