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.


Regular readers of this blog would be familiar with the furniture, silver and porcelain associated with serving and partaking of tea during the seventeenth-, eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries, but many may not be aware of the fervor behind the fashionable drink. … Continue reading

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Out of Sight

Christopher Storb has just posted a well-illustrated monograph on the unseen, hastily prepared secondary surfaces of furniture and architectural woodwork. Jack Plane

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Happy New 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, health and prosperity in 2023. Jack Plane

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Season’s Greetings

Whatever your persuasion and situation, I wish you all well during the festive season. Robert Cruikshank, High Life Below Stairs, circa 1825. Jack Plane

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Benjamin & John Osgood, Carpenters

Trade card of carpenters, Benjamin and John Osgood, possibly between 1811 and 1820. (Lewis Walpole Library) Benjamin & John Osgood carpenters, at the Rising Sun by London Stone in Cannon Street, perform all sorts of carpenters work; survey and measure … Continue reading

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Incy Wincy Mayhew – a New Book

Hugh Roberts and Charles Cator, Industry and Ingenuity: The Partnership of William Ince and John Mayhew (London: Philip Wilson Publishers, November 2022), 448 pages, ISBN: 9781781301098. Via Bloomsbury. The first comprehensive study of William Ince and John Mayhew’s famous eighteenth-century … Continue reading

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He’s at it again!

I just noticed that daydreamer Orson Cart has posted another bulletin here. Jack Plane

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This just in…

If remotely interested, you can read the latest from Orson Cart here. Jack Plane

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Picture This CXLVII

All right sleuths; let’s be having your opinions again please. Fig. 1. (Box House) Fig. 2. (Box House) Fig. 3. (Box House) Fig. 4. (Box House) Fig. 5. (Box House) Fig. 6. (Box House) As per usual, I may withhold … Continue reading

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Auction Result – Woolley and Wallis, 30th of June 2022

The George II mahogany desk (lot 256) mentioned in Woolley and Wallis’ recent auction realised GBP1,000 (AUD1,764; USD1,217). The pair of Irish-style Chinese export padouk elbow chairs (lot 526) realised the lower estimate of GBP15,000 (AUD26,460; USD18,249). All plus buyer’s … Continue reading

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