Bendor on Brown Furniture

Old Masters art historian, Bendor Grosvenor (familiar to many as the researcher in the BBC1 series Fake or Fortune?), talks about a possible comeback of brown furniture in his latest podcast for the Financial Times.

Jack Plane

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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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2 Responses to Bendor on Brown Furniture

  1. Clock says:

    HI! So I stumbled upon your blog whilst looking up the history of glue (which sounds duller than it actually is).
    I’m doing research for a story, and I have a quick question, I don’t know if you’d know the answer or not. Suppose someone back in, say, the 1600’s wanted to disguise themselves with a fake mustache (probably made of horse hair or something like that) and secure it with animal glue, would taking it off be a painful process? Or would the glue be soluble with water added to it?

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    • Jack Plane says:

      Numbing the upper lip with a substantial blow to the mouth may initially lessen the pain of having the moustache steamed off, but the steam would likely result in critical tissue damage and lasting scars.

      Gum Arabic is the traditional gum employed by thespians and spies for adhering false facial hair.

      JP

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