Monthly Archives: May 2013

In Perfect Alignment

In most circumstances, ensuring hinged elements are level and secure is essential: A table with misaligned drop leaves is certain to topple a glass at some point, and baize or leather writing surfaces that bridge uneven hinge lines will inevitably … Continue reading

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Picture This X

From Great English Furniture 21st May to 1st June George II walnut master’s chair circa 1750. (Mallett) An extremely unusual and oversize walnut armchair with concave-vase-shaped splat and broad sloping shoulders ornamented with carved and gilt acanthus and volute terminals. … Continue reading

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Carl Linnaeus

When reading up on species of wood, have you ever wondered what the ‘L’ signifies following a tree’s binomial name? Take that of English walnut for example – Juglans regia L. – the ‘L’ signifies the tree was classified by … Continue reading

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Picture This IX

The chair illustrated below was recently offered for sale by an upmarket antiques dealer who described it as eighteenth-century Irish Chippendale, made from dense first growth mahogany. Fig. 1. A nice enough, though robust side chair. Stylistically, I don’t see … Continue reading

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New England Beginnings

Although this blog’s focus is mainly on late seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century English and Irish furniture, I do have a number of North American readers, who, on occasion, struggle to keep up. In their defence, attempting to decipher North American dates, … Continue reading

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Chiltern Bodgers

Robin Wood posted this wonderful old film about bodging in the Chilterns and I had to share it.   Jack Plane

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A George I Simulated Tortoiseshell Girandole – Part Four

The candle arms required only the minimum of fettling prior to gold lacquering them to match the gilding on the frame. A suspension wire was attached to the back of the girandole and the candle arm mounts were then screwed … Continue reading

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A Costly Hole

A Qianlong vase, drilled to accept a lamp cord, could have made £500,000 ($767,665) at auction. Full story at ukauctioneers.com Jack Plane

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Picture This VIII

If ever there was any doubt that inset campaign brasses weren’t scraped flush after installation, then this image should dispel it. George IV mahogany kneehole desk, circa 1825. (Wilkinson) Note also that the screws have been seated naturally and not … Continue reading

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The First Fleet Departed

The First Fleet (comprising eleven ships of which six were convict transports conveying around seven hundred convicted felons) departed Portsmouth on the 13th of May, 1787 bound for New South Wales, Australia. The fleet dropped anchor in Botany Bay between … Continue reading

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