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New Book | American Furniture 1650 to the Present

Oscar Fitzgerald, American Furniture, 1650 to the Present (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017), 630 pages, ISBN: 978 144227 0381, $130 / £85. Drawing on the latest scholarship, this comprehensive, lavishly illustrated survey tells the story of the evolution of American … Continue reading

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New Book | The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale Junior

Judith Goodison, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale Junior (Philip Wilson, 2017), 464 pages, ISBN: 9781781300565, £65 / $95. The Chippendale cabinet-making firm, founded by Thomas Chippendale senior in about 1750 became famous partly through the successful publication of … Continue reading

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The Book

The book is no longer. It was coming along nicely – albeit slowly – when a few months ago I stupidly allowed a ransomware virus into my computer. I say stupidly, but in my defence, the virus came ingeniously disguised … Continue reading

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Unreasonable Fourth

Since completing the third chest of drawers for the upcoming book, I have had a lot on my plate which has dictated, at best, sporadic work on the fourth chest. I did, however, begin with great gusto; preparing the carcase’s … Continue reading

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Die Kommode mit funf Schubladen

… As the non English-speaking George I would have called this five drawer chest – the third of five chests of drawers that I’m making for the up-coming book. This chest dates from around 1720 and employs Virginia walnut veneer … Continue reading

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I’ve done My Number Two…

… chest of five chests of drawers that I’m making for the up-coming book. The second chest of drawers is a five-drawer Queen Anne chest from around 1705. The pine carcase is veneered with (locally grown) English walnut and the … Continue reading

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One Down

No, not a cryptic crossword clue, but news of the completion of the first of five chests of drawers I’m making for my up-coming book. The first chest of drawers is typical of small four-drawer William and Mary chests made … Continue reading

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Book News

I have several partially written books both in my head and on paper/hard drive. One of the reasons I have held back on furniture titles was the lack of a suitable space in which to photograph the various stages of … Continue reading

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