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 874) is up for auction at Bonhams’ in Oxford on the 18th of February, 2015.

Geo_III_fruitwood_&_yew_COD_c1765_01a_BonhamsGeorge III (Irish?) fruitwood and yew chest of drawers, circa 1765. (Bonhams)

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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11 Responses to Picture This XLII

  1. FIG Woodworks says:

    Some how it doesn’t look quite right


  2. Tim Raleigh says:

    The proportions of that bottom drawer seem “off”…


  3. Paul says:

    Hi Jack, really unusual banding, quite an effect. I’ve seen the term fruitwood a lot in auction catalogues and dealer inventory descriptions and have always wondered does it mean ” I’m not sure what wood it is”? This chest looks like it could be cherry. Thanks for the image


    • Jack Plane says:

      Drupaceous fruitwoods (along with the walnuts) can be difficult to identify, even on a microscopic level. However, some varieties have identifiable colours and figuring to those with experience.

      But yes, dealers and auction houses often just lump them all under the one moniker.

      This lot looks more like plum or even blackthorn to me.



  4. Joyce says:

    As an interior designer, I love this chest’s quirkiness.


  5. Joe M says:

    correct style/size brasses? shadow on second drawer left, bottom drawer right.


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