Continuing on from Picture This LIVI, I was perusing Bonham’s catalogue of their upcoming Arts and Antiques sale in Oxford on the 9th of September and thought the following lots worthy of discussion.
Lot 481 is catalogued as “A 19th century walnut and ebony strung chest on stand. The moulded cornice above two short and three graduated long drawers, the base with single drawer in a deep apron, on short cabriole legs“.
Sadly, it appears to be the upper tier chest from a circa 1735 chest-on-chest or chest-on-stand, now residing upon a twentieth-century stand comprising a newly veneered carcase on Victorian (or later) legs.
The figure of the stand’s veneers does not remotely match those of the chest and neither have they been book-matched. The rawness of the new veneer has not been subdued let alone any attempt made to colour or age it to harmonise with the chest.
Lot 528 is a late seventeenth-century geometrically moulded oak chest, which Bonham’s admit stands on “later bracket supports“.
Interestingly, the chest is again, the upper chest of a chest-on-chest or chest-on-stand – a relatively scarce configuration for the late seventeenth-century.
Just to round out a rather lacklustre bit of cataloguing, lot 480 is presented thusly:
Please note this lot is NOT 18th Century but a modern reproduction.