Category Archives: Antiques

Picture This CXXVII

This is yet another example of case furniture from The Age of Walnut that employs largely unfashionable or anomalous domestic timbers in its construction. Unlike the sophisticated George II elm cabinet-on-chest in Picture This XC, this chest (figure 1), though fashionable … Continue reading

Posted in Antiques, Picture This | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Nice Work! II

I don’t often despair of much (and it may just be because I’m in a fair bit of pain at the moment) however, the atrocities inflicted on, and written about this walnut chest of drawers give me little confidence in … Continue reading

Posted in Antiques, Nice Work | Tagged , | 16 Comments

Picture This CXXVI

Whilst having my weekly look around, this pretty little table caught my eye. It’s described as George II, walnut, with original handles, circa 1750. Fig. 1. A nice quality table with lappets on its knees. Fig. 2. En suite handles … Continue reading

Posted in Antiques, Picture This | Tagged | 53 Comments

Picture This CXXV

I have previously mentioned (here, here and here) how some early case furniture – for various reasons – gained bracket feet later in life. Conversely, upper chests from walnut chest-on-chests and less commonly, chest-on-stands, as late as 1750 occasionally gained/regained … Continue reading

Posted in Antiques, Auction Alerts, Picture This | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Backs to the Walls!

One frequently hears dealers – or reads authors – waxing lyrical about a cabinet or chest of drawers; its proportions, the figure of the wood, the mouldings, the finish etc., but seldom does one hear or read much, if anything, … Continue reading

Posted in Antiques | Tagged | 13 Comments

Picture This CXXIV

There has, justifiably, been much excitement at Castle Plane this week – I recently came across a superlative item of walnut furniture that has me aroused. I love nothing more than a continuous and complete chronology. I love it all … Continue reading

Posted in Antiques, Picture This | Tagged | 3 Comments

Auction Result – Christie’s 5th July 2018

The mahogany chest of drawers (lot 13) mentioned in Christie’s Thomas Chippendale: 300 Years realised GBP 137,500 (AUD 246,087, USD 181,789) against a pre-auction estimate of GBP 60,000 – GBP 100,000 (AUD 107,402 – AUD 178,996, USD 79,331 – USD 132,219). … Continue reading

Posted in Auction Results | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Christie’s Thomas Chippendale: 300 Years

To commemorate Thomas Chippendale’s 300th birthday, Christie’s are conducting a sale of a number of items of furniture attributed to Thomas Chippendale, in their rooms at 8 King Street, St. James’s, London on July the 5th. The construction of lot 13‘s … Continue reading

Posted in Auction Alerts | Tagged | 16 Comments

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.

Posted in 17th and 18th Century Culture, Antiques | Tagged | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Antiques | Tagged | 22 Comments