Category Archives: Antiques

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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