Monthly Archives: October 2015

Picture This LXIV

In A William and Mary Simulated Tortoiseshell Chest of Drawers, I mentioned how faux tortoiseshell-painted furniture was popular as a background for japanned decoration (either newly-painted or using previously tortoiseshell-painted canvasses). I recently came across this chest-on-stand which typifies late … Continue reading

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Vale Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara, 1920-2015. Maureen O’Hara, the flame-haired star of the 1952 film, The Quiet Man (indisputably the best film ever made), died in her sleep on the 24th of October, aged 95. O’Hara was born in 1920 in Dublin, later … Continue reading

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White Glove Shots upset Historian

Picture: BBC Ok, this is getting ridiculous now. Above is a press shot accompanying the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art’s acquisition of a 1913 Picasso. It’s wrong on so many levels. So I think that if museum press offices … Continue reading

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Picture This LXIII

Since posting Picture This LIX, I have come across a few additional images of tables incorporating open- and blind fretwork. The juncture of the rail and leg of the table in figure 1 is a rather clumsy combination of open … Continue reading

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