How wrong can one be?
Following my (in my defence, not unreasonable – I thought) hypothesis regarding the function of the lopers in Elizabeth Carter’s bureau bookcase in Picture This XLV, I have received a communication from Celine Luppo McDaid, the Donald Hyde Curator at Dr. Johnson’s House.
Celine very kindly attached the following image which is fairly self explanatory.
In all my years of selling and restoring eighteenth-century antique furniture, I can’t recall ever seeing such a fall and loper arrangement on a bureau of this stature.
On this occasion I am very happy to have been wrong and will add the images to my Anomalous Furniture folder.