Monthly Archives: November 2014

Picture This XXXIX

Q. How does ‘Vicobethan’ and ‘Vicobean’ furniture (tasteless, disproportionate, black-varnished factory-made Victorian tat produced in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Elizabethan and Jacobean styles) make an appearance on this blog? A. When perfectly good Carolean, Queen Anne and Georgian furniture … Continue reading

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Picture This XXXVIII

In A Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part Eight, I mentioned some of the shades and hues of green that were used to paint Windsor chairs. When restoring old Windsors, it’s apparent that some paints were better formulated than others – … Continue reading

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North America – All Shook Up

North American readers may be interested in a current exhibition at New York State Museum showing the Shakers enormous influence on North American culture. The Shakers were radical in their attitudes toward equality. (Shaker Heritage Society) In the 1770s, the … Continue reading

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Picture This XXXVII

Fig. 1. Merlin’s Mechanical Chair, circa 1811. MERLIN’S MECHANICAL CHAIR.    This curious machine, of which a correct perspective view is given in the annexed engraving, is the contrivance of the late ingenious and well-known Merlin. It is expressly calculated … Continue reading

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George II Walnut Ladderback Chair – Part Five

Having read the last post in this series, a reader kindly emailed me this image of a pair of Grendey chairs with (presumably, later) stuff over seats. Fig. 1. Pair of Grendey ladderbacks. (Nick Brock Antiques) When freshly rushed, the … Continue reading

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One Down

No, not a cryptic crossword clue, but news of the completion of the first of five chests of drawers I’m making for my up-coming book. The first chest of drawers is typical of small four-drawer William and Mary chests made … Continue reading

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