Monthly Archives: February 2015

Picture This XLIV

In a cabinet outside The Waterloo Chamber in Windsor Castle sits one of the smallest pieces of history. Once belonging to Queen Victoria and no bigger than a 5p piece, the article in question was deadly. Now, the bullet which … Continue reading

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“Get off my Feckin’ Land”!

The last successful invasion of Britain by France was, as everyone knows, in 1066 when the Normans stepped ashore at Pevensey in Sussex with 10,000 men and 400 official embroiderers. (The majority of English didn’t actually consider the event an … Continue reading

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On Gluing the Joints of Boards

To make the beſt and strongeſt Glew, for Glewing the Joints of Boards. [Take] Scummed Milk which has ſtood ſo long, that no more Cream will ariſe from it: Scum it very clean, and ſet it over the Fire in … Continue reading

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Shaker: Function, Purity, Perfection

Shaker: Function, Purity, Perfection is an homage to the traditional Shaker values of grace and simplicity. Featured are twenty-eight essential pieces that highlight the defining elements of Shaker design and demonstrate a dedication to perfection. Designer and furniture expert Sir … Continue reading

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Picture This XLIII

Here’s another delightful little oddity from Bonhams’ upcoming Oxford sale on the 18th of February, 2015. The provincial fruitwood lowboy (lot 781) is a far cry from its sophisticated cosmopolitan cousins, but has undeniable charm natheless. George III fruitwood lowboy, … Continue reading

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Picture This XLII

Regular readers of this blog will be aware of my adoration of beautiful and unusual English and Irish furniture. This stylistically and dimensionally archetypal early George III chest is bizarrely yet handsomely veneered in fruitwood and yew. The chest (lot … Continue reading

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