Category Archives: Antiques

Picture This CXV

I have mentioned dealer sophistry before, but specious descriptions of antique furniture are sadly becoming ever more prevalent (I will save a discussion on the possible reasons for another time). The vendor of the Windsor chair in figure 1 described … Continue reading

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Picture This CXIV

The fairly plain ash, elm and oak ‘country Chippendale’ chairs – with their silhouette vasiform back splats and wooden seats (fig. 1) – were popular during the last quarter of the eighteenth-century and were made in emulation of their more … Continue reading

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The Melbourne Fair 2017

The Melbourne Fair Antique, 20th Century, Art Deco, Vintage 23rd to 26th November Caulfield Racecourse Indoor Concourse Space Gate 23, Station Street Caulfield East, Victoria Opening Night 23rd November 6-9pm, 24th November 11am-6pm, 25th November 10am-6pm, 26th November 10am-5pm If … Continue reading

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Significant Piece of Kentucky Furniture Shatters Records

The most significant piece of Kentucky furniture to ever come to market shattered the record for furniture made in the Bluegrass State when it sold for $498,750 at Cowan’s Auctions on Saturday, October 21. Captain John Cowan’s “desk and bookcase”, … Continue reading

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Picture This CXIII

What’s going on here? George III mahogany chest, circa 1770. (Christian Davies) Jack Plane

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Picture This CXII

Several readers have, at various times, enquired why some eighteenth-century drawers have escutcheons – and indeed, keyholes – when no locks are (or ever were) present. Locks were expensive items and not all drawer contents necessitate such elaborate protection. In … Continue reading

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Starry, Starry Drite

This cupboard was described by a dealer as “astral glazed”. George III painted corner cupboard, circa 1790. Jack Plane

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William Kent Chair Conservation

The Wallace Collection recently completed conservation of an eighteenth-century English chair, which has not been able to be on display for some time because of its condition. The chair is believed to be part of a set, designed by William … Continue reading

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Picture This CXI

A dealer is currently offering this walnut chest for sale and describes it as Queen Anne with original brasses. What do the sleuths say? Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. 3. Fig. 4. Jack Plane

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In Favour of a Bigger Hammer

My recent production of Windsor chairs prompted a reader – himself, a Windsor chair-maker – to contact me concerning the moisture content of various chair parts. We exchanged several emails, the content of which I have précised and edited together … Continue reading

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