Author Archives: Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.

Auction Result – Christie’s, 8th June, 2021

Following the conclusion of Christie’s Julians Park and Six Private Collections live auction, the early mahogany hall chair (lot 171) realised GBP3,750 (AUD6,857; USD5,309). Jack Plane

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A Mahogany Hall Chair

Christie’s Julians Park and Six Private Collections live auction on the 8th of June has many fine lots for the collector and connoisseur. Amongst the lots on offer is an early hall chair (lot 171), a rather attractive and Windsor-esque … Continue reading

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Grinling Gibbons – The Michelangelo of Woodcarving

Further to a post about Grinling Gibbons a few years ago, St James’s Church Piccadilly in association with the Grinling Gibbons Society, Presents: Grinling Gibbons – The Michelangelo of Woodcarving. Jack Plane

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Auction Result – Woolley and Wallis, 20th April, 2021

Following the conclusion of Woolley and Wallis’ recent auction, the William and Mary oyster veneered and marquetry chest (lot 23) – which I predicted might be a sleeper – rose well above its estimate of GBP4,000 – GBP6,000 (AUD7,266 – … Continue reading

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Fine English Furniture at Woolley and Wallis

Woolley and Wallis are conducting a  two-day Furniture, Works of Art & Clocks auction in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on Tuesday 20th April, and Wednesday 21st April 2021. Amongst many of the superb items on offer is lot 23, a William and … Continue reading

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Harewood or Rabbit Wood?

Happy Easter to one and all. Jack Plane

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Of Padauk Legs and Rats

In 1751, aged fourteen, Thomas Parker joined the Royal Navy where he led an unremarkable career as a seaman. In 1762, whilst bathing in Bahía de la Habana, Parker was attacked by a large shark. He survived the attack but … Continue reading

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Picture This CXLVI

The vendor of this chest describes it as a circa 1780 mahogany bachelor’s chest with a caddy top. Fig. 1. Inoffensive looking late eighteenth-century chest. What say the sleuths? Jack Plane

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Picture This CXLV

Lot 230 in Bonham’s recent The Gentleman’s Library Sale was this late early walnut chest (figure 1). Fig. 1. George II walnut caddy top chest of three drawers, circa 1735. (Bonham’s) ‘Late early’ may sound a little Irish, but, with … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

What a year! Cheers to everyone who took the time to read my posts over the past year, and a special thank you to those who commented on them. Wishing everyone happiness and prosperity in 2021. Jack Plane

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