Picture This XXXI

This chest is another example of the anomalous furniture that I talked about in In Which My Trousers Catch Alight. Lot 764 in Day 2 of Dreweatts’ The Summer Sale at the end of this month is ostensibly a fairly typical early eighteenth-century walnut-veneered chest of drawers.

Normally the entire chest would be walnut veneered on pine, but Dreweatts state the carcase ends are solid elm (though the drawers, at least, are constructed of pine).

Geo_II_elm_&_walnut_chest_c1735_01aGeorge II elm and walnut chest of drawers, circa 1735. (Dreweatts)

Chests with inconsistent timbers turn up periodically: ‘Walnut’ and ‘mahogany’ chests with visible pine and/or oak carcase ends are not unheard of. Figure 28 in In Which My Trousers Catch Alight is an example of an ‘oak’ chest with pine carcase ends painted to simulate the burr oak drawer fronts.

I may include something along these lines in the book.

Jack Plane

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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2 Responses to Picture This XXXI

  1. D.B. Laney says:

    Would you be putting the cockbead on the carcase frame or the drawfronts? (BTW, Awfully glad you’re back up and running.)


    • Jack Plane says:

      If copying this chest, I would have to replicate the cockbeading around the drawer openings: It does crop up periodically and I think I have mentioned it before.

      It’s a rather endearing provincial piece and one wonders if the maker copied the carcase-mounted cockbeading from another example or whether it was his interpretation of ‘modern’ cockbeading, but done in his time-honoured manner of attaching traditional D-mouldings around the drawer openings.



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