Monthly Archives: March 2014

George II Walnut Ladderback Chair – Part Two

The chair saw a flurry of activity in the days following its inception – before my efforts were diverted to the more urgent task of erecting an extensive new chicken run and coop. Needless to say; the fowl accommodation was … Continue reading

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Cabin Fever

I do not know the dimensions, provenance, or any other details of this chest of drawers; however, its proportions (in particular, its depth) are certainly commensurate with other maritime case pieces. Shallow George III mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1745. … Continue reading

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Rare Textiles from Hampton Court Palace at Auction

Rare and exquisite textiles spanning more than 350 years and kept formerly at Hampton Court Palace are to be sold by Ewbank’s, Surrey’s premier auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The collection of hundreds of examples of embroidery, lace and … Continue reading

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A Secretary all at Sea

Three key features point to this two-piece campaign chest as having been made for maritime use; the most obvious being its shallow 14-1/2″ depth. George IV brass-bound teak secretaire chest, circa 1820. (Richard Gardner) The second indication is the chest’s … Continue reading

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To all Irishmen, particularly those in absentia… happy Saint Patrick’s Day. The Reverend Doctor Caleb Threlkeld, Synopsis Stirpium Hibernicarum… (Irish Flora), circa 1727. Jack Plane

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Joseph Knibb Clock – Auction Result

As reported in a post on the 20th of February 2014, an important early English longcase clock by Joseph Knibb came up for auction at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments on Tuesday 11th … Continue reading

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Picture This XXV

A four-poster bed found dumped in a hotel car park in Chester has been identified as having once belonged to Henry VII (1457 – 1509). The bed is now considered to be worth £20m ($37,025,350.00). The bed in the car … Continue reading

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The First Georgians and Eighteenth-Century Britain on BBC

Originally posted on Enfilade:
Yes, I realize the ‘300th observations’ just keep coming from the UK, but here’s more, this time from the BBC. –CH The BBC has unveiled full details of Eighteenth-Century Britain: Majesty, Music and Mischief, a major…

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Picture This XXIV

Amongst the items up for auction in Christie’s Interiors sale on the 18th of March 2014 is lot 73, an unusual Regency mahogany campaign draughtsman’s or cartographer’s table. Mahogany campaign draughtsman’s table, circa 1815-20. (Christie’s) The top hinges inwards and … Continue reading

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