Monthly Archives: May 2016

Picture This LXXXVIII

Another forest chair, made, rather primitively, from ash and sycamore with original dark green paint. Painted ash and sycamore North Country comb-back Windsor chair, circa 1770. (Robert Young) Jack Plane

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Picture This LXXXVII

Right-oh sleuths, it’s time to stick the briar between the teeth, grab the magnifying glass and don the beerstalker. This little beauty is currently being advertised by a dealer as mid eighteenth-century, of oak and elm, recently polished and with … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXXIII Redux

The “mule chest” featured in Picture This LXXXIII sold with a hammer price of £1,500 ($3,057). “George III mahogany mule chest”, (Bonhams) Jack Plane

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Picture This LXXXVI Redux

The chest of drawers featured in Picture This LXXXVI sold with a hammer price of £62,500 (AU$126,644; US$91,125). Lot 65; a George II walnut serpentine chest, circa 1750-60, estimate £30,000 – £50,000 (AU$60,789 – AU$101,315). (Christie’s) Jack Plane

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Picture This LXXXVI

There is a particularly nice walnut chest of drawers coming up for auction in Christie’s The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks, European Ceramics & Portrait Miniatures in King Street, London on the 19th of May 2016. The chest comprises a … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXXV

From a technical perspective, any wooden chair whose legs, back and arms (if existent) emanate from a solid seat is a Windsor chair. Here then is a pair of fruitwood Windsor chairs that are coming up for auction in Christie’s … Continue reading

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Auction Results – Skinner’s, April 2016

At least two punters at Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on the 8th of April 2016 agreed with me: The mahogany and yew Windsor settee that I declared a potential steal, more than tripled its upper estimate of US$800 … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXXIV

When I came across this mahogany chest of drawers, one of the first things I noticed was the feet (fig. 1) – if you click on the image and enlarge it, you can see the bracket feet have been re-tipped. … Continue reading

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Arthur Wellesley

Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Arthur Wellesley was born in Dublin on this day in 1769. The Iron Duke forged a stellar military career defeating the French time and again. During the Peninsular Wars Wellington saw off the … Continue reading

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