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).

Geo_III_oak_COD_c1770_02aFig. 1. Mahogany-crossbanded oak chest, circa 1770. (David Weatherford)

For a reason unbeknownst to me, the corners of the crossbanding on low dressers were often elaborately shaped with re-entrant or architectural motifs (figs. 2, 3 & 4).

crossbanding_oak_dresser_c1780_01aFig. 2. Oak low dresser with re-entrant mahogany crossbanded corners, circa 1780.

crossbanding_oak_dresser_c1780_02aFig. 3. Oak low dresser with re-entrant mahogany crossbanded corners, circa 1780.

crossbanding_oak_dresser_c1780_03aFig. 4. Oak low dresser with architectural figured mahogany crossbanding corners, circa 1780.

Jack Plane

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About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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One Response to Picture This XXIX

  1. Jonathan Miller says:

    Possibly, the designs for the corners are Chinese, or Chino-gothick, in derivation; to complement the form used for the feet.

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