Monthly Archives: July 2016

Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830

For my North American reader: Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830 – an exhibition, August 19, 2016–January 8, 2017. Mahogany ‘desk and bookcase’ by Christopher Townsend, circa 1745–50. (Yale University) This groundbreaking exhibition presents a comprehensive survey … Continue reading

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Picture This XCIV

A George III cherry chest of drawers, circa 1770. (Bonham’s) Proportionally and stylistically, this chest of drawers could almost pass for a provincial English cherry chest – but for the unusual cornice-like top moulding with its central laburnum tablet (the … Continue reading

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Art sleuths, have a go at Fake! Jack Plane

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First Day on the Job?

Christie’s have just published The A-Z of furniture: Terminology to know when buying at auction which I suspect was penned by one of their porters a freshman intern. Their definition of caning certainly differs from that which I frequently experienced … Continue reading

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Picture This XCIII

BADA (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) have partnered with art market specialists, The Curator’s Eye to launch the inaugural on-line BADA Auction on Thursday the 14th of July 2016. Some of BADA’s finest dealers have put up 413 lots that … Continue reading

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On and off the Wagon for the Past Year

I live alone and no longer drive a car, and whilst I have the kindest and most generous neighbours imaginable, I just can’t call on them every single time I need some little thing. This necessitates me telephoning for a … Continue reading

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Picture This XCII

An extremely rare brass-studded, leather-covered pine chest of drawers made for Queen Anne. Fig. 1. Queen Anne’s leather chest, circa 1702-14. (Thomas Coulborn) The chest most recently came to light on the Antiques Roadshow at Cawdor Castle in January 2013 … Continue reading

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The Book

The book is no longer. It was coming along nicely – albeit slowly – when a few months ago I stupidly allowed a ransomware virus into my computer. I say stupidly, but in my defence, the virus came ingeniously disguised … Continue reading

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