In relation to A George II Ash Bureau – Part Five, a reader asked, “I don’t understand the mitre/cleat situation. I don’t see a mitre anywhere in the pictures. Is this an english-to-english translation error?”
Some falls had two cleats which were mitred at both ends (fig. 1), but on the ash bureau I’m copying, the mitres were/are on the upper corners of the fall/cleats only, as in figures 2 & 3.
Fig. 1. Double-mitred cleats, circa 1750. (Richard Gardner)
Fig. 2. Single-mitred cleats, circa 1790.
Fig. 3. Single-mitred cleats.
Some falls had cleats at either end and along the top edge (fig. 4) and some were framed with cleats on all four sides (fig. 5).
Fig. 4. Fall with three cleats, circa 1761. (Christie’s)
Fig. 5. Fall with four cleats, circa 1740.