Could Somebody Please Bail Me Out?

I have some rococo backplates from a late eighteenth-century mahogany chest of drawers. The backplates incorporate an unusual blend of Gothik/Chinese strapwork with coquillage and florid elements (fig. 1).

rococo_handle_c1770_01aFig. 1. Brass backplate, circa 1770.

While attached to the chest, the handles additionally consisted of a motley collection of common swan-neck bails and pommels of differing styles and antiquity.

The same backplate is illustrated in a 1770 Birmingham brassware catalogue along with a commensurate florid rococo bail with fenghuang head pivots (fig. 2).

rococo_handle_c1770_02aFig. 2. Pattern 814 rococo handle.

If anyone has one or more of these bails they’d be willing to part with, I would be happy to purchase it/them. Alternatively, if anyone would be kind enough to lend me a good clean example to copy, I would return the original unmarked and undamaged.

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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