Monthly Archives: March 2013

Picture This III

A silver-mounted, walnut-stocked flintlock pistol by Royal Goldsmiths, Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, circa 1802. The London jewellers Rundell, Bridge and Rundell were established in 1755 and in 1797 the firm was awarded a Royal Warrant which they retained until their … Continue reading

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

I fail to cope with heat and humidity and our autumn weather has beaten me into submission. Overnight temperatures have been as high as 23° C (73° F) and daytime temperatures have been in the low to mid 30s (86°-90° … Continue reading

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The King is Dead. Long Live the Queen!

While out riding, William III fell from his horse, suffering a broken collarbone. Complications later led to him contracting pneumonia, from which he succumbed on the 8th of March, 1702. On the same day of her brother-in-law’s untimely death, Anne … Continue reading

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Latter Clock Update

Allan Kitchen commented that he recently acquired a longcase clock by Andrew Latter, dating to around 1720, which, considering the circa 1770 clock in my possession, would make Latter’s working life around fifty years – not inconceivable for the eighteenth-century. … Continue reading

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Phillip Bell Signed Chest at Auction

Signed eighteenth-century English furniture is relatively rare and when it does surface, it is usually worth pausing to examine it. Many eighteenth-century cabinetmakers have been identified through their trade labels and parish records etc.; providing useful dating material. Tomorrow, March … Continue reading

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Picture This II

Red lacquer automaton table clock by James Smith, London, circa 1765. Unusually, the ogee brass dial incorporates a rustic automaton scene with six craftsmen going about their tasks. One figure ascends and descends a ladder with a board – the … Continue reading

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