In their upcoming sale at Donnington Priory, Dreweatts describe lot 284, a walnut featherbanded cabinet-on-chest, as “Queen Anne, circa 1710, in George II style”.
The cabinetmaker credited with this astonishing prescience is one John Peter Allix (1749-1807).
Dated to 6 years before the birth of his father!
People just don’t have those kind of skills anymore.
Ignoring the obviously flawed attribution on the label, I fail to comprehend how a piece of furniture created in 1710 (which is accurate) could have been made in a yet non-existent style.
Maybe he did it with his right leg tied to his seat with a scarf.
Besides the feet, which I’m not fond of, it is a spectacular piece.
I’m with you about the feet. Bun feet are not my cup of tea, and IMHO the overall appearance of this chest would be greatly improved with bracket feet. luckily I now feel no unrequitable desire to own this chest. I find it interesting that many people that deprecate ‘bulbous’ Victorian turnings frequently delight over giant turnip-like bun feet, which could not be more bulbous… Maybe it is a similar phenomenon to bulldogs, in that they are sooo ugly that they become beautiful?
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