Monthly Archives: March 2013

Easter Tragedy!

It was inevitable that the Easter Bunny would eventually meet a sticky end! Jack Plane

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Star-Spangled Composer

John Stafford Smith was born this day in 1750. While still a teenager, the Gloucester choir boy and organist composed the rousing music for what would be the song, To Anacreon In Heaven – the anthem of a London amateur … Continue reading

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Signed Early Eighteenth-Century Brasses

In Four London Cabinet Founders and Ironmongers, I posted the trade advertisements of four of what must have been hundreds of specialist cabinet founders working in the hub of early eighteenth-century London’s furniture district – St. Paul’s Churchyard, and in … Continue reading

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French Mustard

I received a couple of emails from readers following a remark I made in Drawer Front Dovetail Evolution: “… by the mid-eighteenth-century; English cabinetmaking was of a far higher standard than anywhere else in Europe.” One reader was surprised by my … Continue reading

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The 2013 Melbourne Antiques Fair

The 2013 AAADA Melbourne Antiques Fair will be held at The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, from the 24th to the 28th of April, 2013. Jack Plane

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Picture This IV

After posting recently about an automaton table clock by James Smith of London, a kindred automaton clock is coming up for sale at the Salisbury salerooms of Woolley & Wallis  on the 26th of March, 2013 (lot 129). A George … Continue reading

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Who’s on first…

The latest comedy instalment from Horton Brasses just arrived in my in-box and I thought I would share the highlights with those who don’t subscribe to it… From 1690 until 1730, William and Mary were the monarchs of England. It … Continue reading

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A Set of Six Claremont Fan-back Windsor Chairs – Part Five

A local woodworker was recently given a European Ash tree growing behind the Bon Accord in Sale, Gippsland, and offered me some of the green logs for my chairs. Turning long streamers off green ash is always more pleasurable than … Continue reading

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Vale Sir Isaac Newton

Enoch Seeman, Isaac Newton, circa 1726. Newton died this day in 1727, it having taken a remarkable eighty-four years for his Third Law to enact itself upon him. Jack Plane

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“Good Luck to Yez!”

To all Irishmen, particularly those in absentia… happy Saint Patrick’s Day. Jack Plane

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