Monthly Archives: October 2016

Chairs and Shelves at Christie’s

Christie’s are conducting The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks and Portrait Miniatures at their King Street, London rooms on the 17th of November 2016. Amongst the furniture on offer is lot 152, a set of six George II fruitwood Windsor … Continue reading

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Trump-eter

Seemingly one of Donald Trump’s blowhard ancestors modelled for the seventeenth-century Flemish painter, Rubens. Peter Paul Rubens, Atalanta and Meleager (detail), circa 1616. (Metropolitan Museum) Source: Art History News Jack Plane

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Picture This XCIX

From the ‘what were they thinking?’ files, comes this eighteenth-century Windsor chair. Primitive comb-back Windsor, circa 1780. (Robert Young) The keen-of-eye might have noticed the H-stretcher’s unusual (and original) orientation which must have been the cause of many a painful … Continue reading

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Can you handle this?

I require a set of brass handles of the pattern illustrated above. Strangely, it’s not an uncommon pattern, yet I searched through my boxes of strays for comparable bails and backplates without any luck and I haven’t been able to … Continue reading

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Picture This XCVII Redux

The dated walnut chest of drawers featured in Picture This XCVII realised £8,750 ($14,894) against a pre-auction estimate of £7,000 – £10,000 ($12,000 – $18,000). George II walnut chest, circa 1751. (Bonham’s) Chest top with dated inscription. (Bonham’s) Jack Plane

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“Something for the Weekend Sir?”

“Yes, I’ll take one of your chairs, thanks.” Anyone who has restored antique furniture will likely have worn out one or two pairs of shoes walking round a chair, table or chest, dabbing a spot of polish here and another … Continue reading

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