Category Archives: Antiques

Happy Birthday Thomas Chippendale.

Born in Otley in the West Riding of Yorkshire in England on the 5th of June 1718, Thomas Chippendale Senior became Britain’s most iconic – some would say pre-eminent – cabinetmaker and decorator. Christie’s tribute. Jack plane. Advertisements

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Picture This CXXIII

An old friend in Bury St Edmunds was interested in purchasing this bureau (figure 1) which came up for auction (twice in the past two weeks), in nearby Colchester in Essex. I wasn’t able to reply to him before the … Continue reading

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Inferior Imports from the Far East

Cheaply made commodities from China, India and Taiwan etc. are not a twentieth-century phenomenon. Early trade with the East during the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries introduced Britain and Europe to hitherto unimaginable treasures: Brass, porcelain and silk, for example, were formerly … Continue reading

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Picture This CXXII

This described by a dealer this week: “… drawers with original brass escutcheon plates and swan-neck bail handles.” Posted, not to name and shame, but to train the eye. Jack Plane

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The Campaign Trail I

My good friend, Simon Clarke, of Christopher Clarke Antiques, emailed me over the weekend with details of an interesting campaign table he has at the moment (figure 1). Fig. 1. Mahogany and inlaid campaign table, circa 1790. (Christopher Clarke Antiques) … Continue reading

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The Sydney Fair 2018 – Free Tickets!

If you think The Sydney Fair is only for lovers of 18th Century Antiques, think again, over 60 Australian and International best 20thCentury, Art Deco, Vintage and Antique dealers will be at the Royal Hall of Industry Moore Park with thousands … Continue reading

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Additional Examples of Maritime Case Furniture – Redux – the Second

I don’t know what the protocol for reducēs should be; is a redux of a redux still a redux or does it become a sequel? Anyway, following on from my recent post, Additional Examples of Maritime Case Furniture – Redux, another … Continue reading

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Wakey-wakey!

Whilst enjoying a quiet cuppa betimes, I was reading The Irish Aesthete’s latest post, The Rest is Silence, when I performed a double take and scrolled back to one of the images and there saw a rather fine in situ Irish … Continue reading

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Picture This CXX

Reader Pete Smithies drew my attention to another exceptionally shallow chest of drawers (figure 1). However, this one has not spent its life on the high seas. Fig. 1. George III mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1800. (Antique Atlas/Jonathon Drake) … Continue reading

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Additional Examples of Maritime Case Furniture – Redux

Further to this comment I made in Additional Examples of Maritime Case Furniture, James Peill, the Curator of the Goodwood Collection at Goodwood House in West Sussex, very kindly sent me some images of the coffre fort in their collection (figure … Continue reading

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