Category Archives: Antiques

Gothic Revival

There has been some revived interest in Gothic Windsor chairs in these parts lately. I had an enquiry from a reader about the possibility of my making a Gothic Windsor for him. That’s on-going. I have also received mail from … Continue reading

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Picture This CXLIV

All right sleuths; let’s be having your opinions please. As per usual, I may withhold some comments for a short period.   Jack Plane

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Picture This CXLIII

Reader, Laurin Davis, kindly directed me to an English Pembroke table, currently displayed in an on-line Antiques Dealers’ Association of America ‘show‘ (I believe it is to be auctioned) which closes at 10:00pm EST, April 27, 2020. The table, attributed … Continue reading

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An Early Victim

Early bun-footed floor-standing chests of drawers and the upper chests of chests-on-chests and chests-on-stands that have subsequently migrated onto bracket feet have been the topic of many a post on this blog. Some of them evolved as their fragile feet … Continue reading

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Picture This CXLII

In early 2017, I wrote about veneered work being patched at the time of manufacture. Whilst searching my archives this morning for unrelated matter, I came across these images of a lovely walnut chest-on-chest. Fig. 1. Magnificent walnut chest, circa … Continue reading

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Picture This CXLI

Every so often, I go all weak at the knees and grasp a convenient chair back or table top for support. It’s not so much to do with my advancing years; rather, the sight of some superlative piece of furniture … Continue reading

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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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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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