Picture This CVIII

I have previously mentioned cross-grained mouldings (here and here) which, though somewhat out-of-period, are authentic.

The walnut chest-on-chest below is from the second quarter of the eighteenth-century and displays customary cross-grain banding and vertical veneer on the drawer fronts.

Fig. 1. Walnut chest-on-chest, circa 1740. (Philip Colleck)

The original cornice, sadly, is long gone – perhaps removed to clear a low ceiling or beam. The replacement cornice (probably dating from the last quarter of the eighteenth-century), is however, of long-grain mahogany (fig. 2).

Fig. 2. Later mahogany cornice. (Philip Colleck)

Oddly, the cornice’s Greek key element has been meticulously assembled from individual pieces of wood rather than having been sawn from the solid, as is the norm.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

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

  1. Eric R says:

    A beautiful piece, non the less.
    Thanks jack.


  2. Joe M says:

    The Greek Key element looks to have been made of three strips of wood with the keys cut out, You can see the over-cuts in the close-up photo. strange…but as Eric states…an overall pleasing Walnut chest. Nice figured veneers.
    Is it unusual to have such a large, wide chest with a brush/comb slide?


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