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.

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! … Continue reading

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Auction Result – Woolley and Wallis, 8th of January 2020

The Gibson chair (lot 65) mentioned in Woolley and Wallis’ recent auction in Salisbury, Wiltshire, realised GBP800 (AUD1,515; USD1,054). Jack Plane

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A Gibson Chair

Woolley and Wallis are conducting their Furniture, Works of Art & Clocks auction in Salisbury, Wiltshire, tomorrow, Wednesday the 8th of January 2020. Amongst the many interesting items for sale is lot 65, an Irish ash and sycamore Gibson chair … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

It is estimated that more than 906,000 hectares (2,238,775 acres) of forest in the Amazon biome were burned in 2019. By Christmas, the Australian bush fires razed over 3,000,000 hectares (7,413,161 acres) and in the past week, countless thousands more … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings

Whatever your persuasion and situation, I wish you all well during the festive season. Thomas Rowlandson, The Glutton, circa 1812. Jack Plane

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The Good Oil

A friend dropped in to see me this week with a horrific story of near disaster. She had been carrying out some maintenance around the home and had given her wooden veranda its annual oiling. One morning, before the breeze … Continue reading

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Picture This CXXXIX

I previously mentioned Hepplewhite’s (circa 1787) design for full extension wooden drawer slides. Tomorrow, November the 13th, Christies are auctioning a circa 1765 dressing commode with full extension wooden drawer slides in their London rooms. The commode, lot 217, is … Continue reading

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Picture This CXXXVIII Redux

The Bristol blue-dash charger, lot 153 featured in Picture This CXXXVIII realised £2,200 (AUD $4.043, USD $2,745)) against a pre-auction estimate of £800 – £1200 (AUD $1,475 -$2,205, USD $998 – $1,497). Lot 153. (Woolley and Wallis) Jack Plane

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Now we are Ten

Ten years ago today – and feeling somewhat despondent – I began writing this blog. It has since elevated my spirits and the combination of making furniture and writing about it continues as one of my favourite pastimes. Today I … Continue reading

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Picture This CXXXVIII

I first mentioned a Bristol blue-dash delft charger that I own in this post and in the comments following this post. As it happens, Woolley and Wallis are conducting The Warner Collection of British Delftware auction at their rooms in … Continue reading

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