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.

mid_18C_fruitwood_lowboy_01a_BonhamsGeorge III fruitwood lowboy, mid eighteenth-century. (Bonhams)

The unusually constructed, rather boxy carcase is supported on cabriole legs at the front and club legs at the rear (an obvious time and money saving ploy).

One of this lowboy’s most beguiling features must surely be the location of the keyhole in the central drawer. In the absence of an en suite combination handle/escutcheon, the lock has been installed well and truly off-centre to allow the keyhole to nestle inconspicuously within the convoluted outline of the handle backplate.

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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5 Responses to Picture This XLIII

  1. Agreed… the keyhole placement is truly charming. Vernacular whimsy at its finest!


  2. FIG Woodworks says:

    Perspective looks out in that picture


  3. Should have made a keyhole in the existing backplate. I would have. No problem.


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