Monthly Archives: August 2013

A George II Ash Bureau – Part Two

I prepared all the ash and pine boards and rubbed pairs of them together to form the relevant carcase and dustboard panels. When dry, I tidied up the panels and cut the dovetails and dustboard housings. Being a mid-century case, … Continue reading

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“I much prefer his R69-39”

A picture by Dutch contemporary artist Jan Schoonhoven was stolen from the Van Bommel Van Dam museum in Venlo, south-eastern Netherlands on the 22nd of March, 2013. The London-based Art Loss Register – the largest international database of stolen art … Continue reading

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Picture This XVII

…or what-nots to like. Fig. 1. Drawing No. 95/579 from Gillows’ archive, circa 1790. John Savage, working for the famous Lancastrian cabinetmaking firm of Gillows, produced this mahogany what-not (fig. 2), dated the 22nd of March 1790, for their wareroom … Continue reading

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The 2013 Sydney Antiques Fair

The 2013 Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association Sydney Antiques Fair will take place from the 21st to the 25th of August in the Kensington Room, on the ground floor of the new Royal Randwick Grandstand, Royal Randwick Racecourse, Alison … Continue reading

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Picture This XVI

Most readers will be acquainted with the form of the humble Windsor chair – a solid seat into which the back sticks, arm supports and legs are joined. The arm supports are often shaped components rather than shaved sticks and … Continue reading

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A George II Ash Bureau – Part One

I have coveted this solid ash bureau (fig. 1) since the day I clapped eyes on it in a provincial English auction house nearly twenty years ago. Fig. 1. George II ash bureau, circa 1755. The bureau was in a … Continue reading

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Paul de Lamerie

Paul de Lamerie died on the 1st of August 1751. Considered the greatest silversmith in Britain during the eighteenth-century, De Lamerie was actually born in the Dutch Republic in 1688. His Huguenot father fled religious persecution in France in 1685, … Continue reading

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Nelson Serves the French another Unpalatable Dish

On the 1st of August 1798, the Royal Navy, under Rear-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, surrounded the fleet of the French Republic in Aboukir Bay, in the Mediterranean Sea off Egypt and gave them a thorough thrashing, stranding Napoleon Bonaparte’s army … Continue reading

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