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Picture This CXXXVI

Further to the walnut secretaire chest-on-chest in Picture This CXXX, this secretaire chest-on-chest recently caught my eye. Fig. 1. George II oak secretaire chest-on-chest, circa 1750. I previously mentioned early secretaire drawer fronts were commonly secured with simple iron hooks … Continue reading

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Picture This CXXXV

Here’s another one for the sleuths: This is described as a “quality solid mahogany dressing table, circa 1770”. Can I have your opinions please? Jack Plane

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Picture This CXXXIV

This table is described by its vendor as a “late 18th century Queen Anne walnut lowboy”. Would the sleuths please set the record straight?   Jack Plane

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Picture This CXXXIII

I previously mentioned chair-back settees and how they can, with a modicum of forethought, be effectively created from extant side chairs. The settee in figure 1 is one such conversion. Fig. 1. Utterly convincing transformation of three circa 1760 oak … Continue reading

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Picture This CXXXII

This chest-on-chest was made at a time when mahogany’s adoption was virtually universal and walnut’s quondam reign was all but over. Fig. 1. George II walnut chest-on-chest, circa 1750. The rather tardy use of walnut is not the only behindhand … Continue reading

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Picture This CXXXI

Stand down sleuths; there is absolutely nothing wrong with the top of this William and Mary walnut chest-on-stand! I merely offer it as an untouched thing of beauty (click to enlarge). Crossgrain-moulded, veneered and banded chest, circa 1695. (Mackinnon Fine … Continue reading

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Tompion Miniature Table Clock Sold

Lot 103, a table clock, known as the ‘Q (queen) Clock’, made for Queen Mary II by English master clockmaker Thomas Tompion sold for £1,935,063 (AU$3,561,195.85/US$ 2,454,836.67) at Bonham’s The Clive Collection of Exceptional Clocks sale in London yesterday, Wednesday … Continue reading

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Picture This CXXIX – Redux

Last night I watched the first episode of The Miniaturist, a television drama set in late seventeenth-century Amsterdam. The period-accurate attention to detail was astonishing. At one point, the young Petronella approached and opened a coffre forte, virtually identical to … Continue reading

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Picture This CXXX

This walnut secretaire chest-on-chest caught my eye recently; described by its vendor as circa 1740 and with original brasses. Fig. 1. Mid eighteenth-century walnut secretaire chest-on-chest… Fig. 2. … and with secretaire drawer open. Fig. 3. Interior of secretaire drawer. … Continue reading

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Now You See Me… Now You Don’t

or, a potted history of dummy boards. First appearing in the seventeenth-century, dummy boards are painted (usually on wood) silhouettes of people and occasionally animals (figures 1 & 2). Fig. 1. Eighteenth-century painted pine dummy board depicting a woman of … Continue reading

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