Picture This CXL

Described by its vendor as ‘an early nineteenth-century solid oak Scottish desk with original finish’, this is one of the most horrendous carve-ups I have encountered to date.

Fig. 1. George II later-carved oak bureau, circa 1740.

Fig. 2. Noice!

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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15 Responses to Picture This CXL

  1. Bob Barnett says:

    Ok I hit the like button but I think it is ugly.


  2. EMiner says:

    Wow, kind of busy.


  3. Joe M says:

    “Get out the knives Charley”


  4. Eric R says:

    It gives me a headache just looking at it…

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  5. That has to be a Victorian period hack trying to tart it up in pseudo-17th century style.


  6. Paul Bouchard says:

    It’s too crazy for me to hate it…except maybe that piece across the top back and sides.


  7. May have been better if he just did the drawers and left the case alone. Somebody loved to carve.


  8. Don Peregoy says:

    It’s the type of thing I would enjoy looking at. In someone else’s house.


  9. Mark says:

    This clearly belonged to a wizard and all the little figures will come alive at night and eat the owner…


  10. Toby Cole says:

    Do the cracks predate the carving?
    Schizophrenic shut in with busy hands.


    • Jack Plane says:

      The misalignment of some of the carved elements and missing bits and pieces would suggest the bureau has moved a fair bit since being carved – probably due to warmer/dryer surroundings since its manufacture.



  11. Warwick says:

    Somebody really did love carving!

    As an eample of heavily carved Victorian furniture its far from the least attractive I’ve seen, although it still doesn’t float my boat. It’s just a crying shame that it started life as an almost certainly much more attractive piece.




  12. Adam Palmer says:

    That is brutal. It’s hard to tell, but I suspect it might have been a pleasant piece before someone got gouge-happy.


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