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).
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).
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.