Picture This CIII

Like the George III mahogany serpentine chest of drawers in Cross-Grained Mouldings, this unusual little mahogany chest-on-chest from the third quarter of the eighteenth-century displays an out-of-period cross-grained moulding (figs. 1 & 2) – one of the latest examples of cross-grained moulding I have encountered.

geo_iii_mahogany_coc_c1760_05aFig. 1. Standing, with its cross-grained cornice, a mere 4′ 2″ tall. (Windsor House Antiques)

The separation and base mouldings are of long-grain construction.

geo_iii_mahogany_coc_c1760_05bFig. 2. Mixed mouldings. (Windsor House Antiques)

I am intrigued by what its original feet – or base – might have looked like.

Jack Plane

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Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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9 Responses to Picture This CIII

  1. Eric R says:

    Definitely interesting.
    Thanks Jack.

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  2. Ken says:

    How can you tell the feet are replacement?

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    • Jack Plane says:

      This chest-on-chest is an odd one and undoubtedly colloquially made, but it is made traditionally. However, the feet weren’t made by a person with any experience of eighteenth-century bracket feet.

      Also, the brackets don’t align with the base moulding in a conventional manner and even if they were original, the corners of the projecting base moulding would exhibit significant wear by now.

      The feet are also more colourful than the faded base moulding.

      JP

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  3. ged says:

    Curious, is it possible that the maker had some short lengths of particularly curly stuff to use up? and do you think a bottom drawer or drawers have been lost?

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    • Jack Plane says:

      The cross-grained moulding is unconventional – as is the (current) configuration of drawers – but otherwise the construction is well accomplished.

      Banks of deep lower drawers are not uncommon and were used for storing bulky but relatively lightweight items such as blankets and petticoats etc. However, the very low overall height of this chest-on-chest along with the unresolved base moulding/bracket feet lead me to believe the base has been altered. Whether that might include the loss of a third lower drawer, I can’t tell from these images alone.

      JP

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  4. bcfnc says:

    Another fascinating snippet for antique furniture buffs .Thanks again from someone who relaxes by perusing auction catalogues and dealers’ stock lists . We can but dream!

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  5. Simon Clarke says:

    I wonder if the bracket feet may have been the earlier 18th century type that would have had more height which would have made the proportions of the whole work better ?

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    • Jack Plane says:

      I wondered at length about types of taller feet, but kept reminding myself that this chest-on-chest is late eighteenth-century.
      Some regional furniture was markedly low, but 4′ 2″ is short by all standards.

      JP

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