Picture This CXXVII

This is yet another example of case furniture from The Age of Walnut that employs largely unfashionable or anomalous domestic timbers in its construction. Unlike the sophisticated George II elm cabinet-on-chest in Picture This XC, this chest (figure 1), though fashionable and well executed is made of mixed indigenous woods.

Fig. 1. Striking William III ash, elm and oak chest, circa 1695. (Mackinnon Fine Furniture)

The sides are veneered in burr oak and crossbanded with elm whilst the moulded top is veneered in ash and similarly, banded in elm (figure 2).

Fig. 2. Queerly veneered ash and elm-banded top. (Mackinnon Fine Furniture)

Jack Plane

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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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2 Responses to Picture This CXXVII

  1. potomacker says:

    Such queer veneer and how did it manage to remain flat and secure to the substrate for more than 300 years? Is the top also made up of shorter sections? Lastly, because this comes up so often, do you think that the bunfeet are original construction?

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    • Jack Plane says:

      Assuming the veneer was well laid and subsequently protected from excessive heat, aridity and humidity, it should remain sound for many centuries.

      I would imagine the top of the carcase is constructed as per the norm.

      It’s difficult to see the feet clearly, but the bulk at the top of them makes me suspicious.

      JP

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