Monthly Archives: January 2016

A Wake

It’s time. I lost Virginia on the 29th of December 2014. I seek neither condolences nor sympathy. I have largely succeeded in keeping my personal life from scrutiny here, however today’s post, though keenly personal on one level, involves a … Continue reading

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Gillows Collection in Jeopardy

A reader spammed my last post with a link to the Save the Judges’ Lodgings Museum in Lancaster, but before deleting it, I followed the link and discovered that it’s not just the future of the museum that’s in jeopardy, … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXI

I recently came across this rare and handsome brace of painted Windsors or forest chairs. Mid-eighteenth-century low-back forest chairs. These low-back chairs are very similar in many respects to the comb-back Windsor and double bow Windsor chair I made some … Continue reading

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Vale Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman, 1946-2016. Alan Rickman sadly succumbed to cancer on Thursday morning, aged 69. A prolific and accomplished actor, his career of stage and film spanned thirty years. Rickman was outstanding as the maniacal Sheriff of Nottingham in the hilarious … Continue reading

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Picture This LXX

A George I walnut bachelor’s chest with curious cushion arrangement incorporating a central loper and a drawer to either side, circa 1720. (Millington Adams) The chest was offered by Cheshire dealers,  Millington Adams and described thusly: A fine and very … Continue reading

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The Dawning of a New Year

Day dawns over the Great Dividing Range, Victoria. Thanks to everyone who took the time to read my posts over the past year, and a special thanks to those who commented on them. Wishing all my readers a happy and … Continue reading

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