Monthly Archives: May 2014

Oak and other Furniture at Bonhams

Bonhams have two interesting sales coming up soon: The first, on the 3rd of June 2014 at Kidlington, Oxford, is titled The Oak Interior. Lot 162. A Charles II oak geometric chest of drawers, with painted decoration. The second sale, … Continue reading

Posted in Auction Alerts | Tagged | 3 Comments

In Which My Trousers Catch Alight

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my frequent banging-on about authenticity and reluctance or, more often, refusal to reproduce any piece of furniture until I can locate – at least an image of – an extant, unaltered … Continue reading

Posted in Antiques, Furniture Timbers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Picture This XXIX

There was a fashion in the late eighteenth-century to dress up oak case furniture with mahogany crossbanding; bureaux and bureau bookcases, low dressers, linen presses, mule chests and chests of drawers were amongst the recipients (fig. 1). Fig. 1. Mahogany-crossbanded … Continue reading

Posted in Antiques, Picture This | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Picture This XXVIII

I recently came across this provincial tripod table dating from the end of the eighteenth-century; made from mahogany and what, from its colour, appears to be alder or Scots mahogany. The circular dished and moulded table top is made from … Continue reading

Posted in Antiques, Picture This | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

George II Walnut Ladderback Chair – Part Four

The use of spirit and oil varnishes is documented well before the second quarter of the eighteenth-century whence this chair hails from. However, despite the protection and gloss that varnish affords furniture, chairs of this period often received nothing more … Continue reading

Posted in Seating | Tagged , , , , , , | 12 Comments