Monthly Archives: October 2013

Breaking Camp

The dreaded dismantling of the household is well underway. I have moved house several times over the years (both here and overseas) and the labour increases exponentially with each move. However, with every move comes the surprise, at some point, … Continue reading

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Metalwork for Furniture – a Loan Exhibition

As part of the Honiton Antiques Festival,  antiques dealer, Roderick Butler’s collection of brass and iron handles, castors, hinges etc. (including rare examples with makers’ marks) along with brassfounders’ catalogues will be on display at Marwood House, Monkton Rd, Honiton, … Continue reading

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Picture This XIX

Split (two-part) domestic chests of drawers (figs. 1 – 4) were relatively common in the last quarter of the seventeenth-century and the eighteenth-century. Fig. 1. Circa 1685 walnut frame-and-panel split chest. Fig. 2. Side view. Fig. 3. Back view. Fig. … Continue reading

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A Life on the Ocean Wave

Further to A Maritime Bureau?, Additional Examples of Maritime Case Furniture and A Third Sea Voyage, I recently came across this rather shallow, but otherwise full-size mahogany split chest of drawers. Fig. 1.  Mahogany split chest, circa 1765. (Debenham Antiques) The chest being … Continue reading

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Heaving Chests

No, I’m not envisioning the two buxom brunettes who once ably ran the Cat Head Inn; short of breath from hoisting yet another fresh keg of Burrow Hill cider up onto the bar. For the sake of propriety, not on … Continue reading

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High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson

The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse   22 November 2013 – 2 March 2014 The absurdities of fashion, the perils of love, political machinations and royal intrigue were the daily subject-matter of Thomas Rowlandson (1757–1827), one of the wittiest and most popular … Continue reading

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A George II Ash Bureau – Part Seven

I have omitted the construction of the drawers on this job as I have covered virtually identical work in depth in previous mid-century chests of drawers. Suffice to say their construction adhered to the period norm. The fronts of the … Continue reading

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A Cricket Match Extraordinary

The first recorded women’s county cricket match was played on the 3rd of October 1811 between Hampshire and Surrey at Balls Pond on Newington Green, north London. Thomas Rowlandson, Rural Sports or a Cricket Match Extraordinary, circa 1811. The match … Continue reading

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