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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 Advertisements

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Picture This CXXI

A dealer described this item of furniture as a “narrow Georgian mahogany and oak hanging corner cabinet.” What say you sleuths? Fig. 1. Timeless combination of mahogany and oak. Fig. 2. No weight, could it be a reformed alcoholic’s drinks … Continue reading

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Picture This CXX

Reader Pete Smithies drew my attention to another exceptionally shallow chest of drawers (figure 1). However, this one has not spent its life on the high seas. Fig. 1. George III mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1800. (Antique Atlas/Jonathon Drake) … Continue reading

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Picture This CXIX

I previously mentioned the propensity for Common Elm to warp in connection with Windsor seats in Picture This CX – Redux. It is no doubt due to the same tendency that elm wasn’t more broadly employed (in the solid) for the … Continue reading

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Picture This CXVIII

A London dealer recently attributed this bureau (unusually, veneered in burr elm) as George I, circa 1715 and also stated the brasses are original. George II elm bureau, circa 1750-5. The drawer cockbeading places the bureau after 1720 at the … Continue reading

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Picture This CXVII

I mentioned in Chest Invection and Picture This LIVI how, due to changes in tastes, the elevated chests from chests-on-stands and chests-on-chests often found themselves standing on the floor on newly acquired bun- or bracket feet – and conversely, how … Continue reading

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Picture This CXVI

This splendid early eighteenth-century walnut breakfront chest-on-stand comprises a number of features that stylistically, span several decades: The chest’s frame-and-panel gables’ origin is in the last quarter of the seventeenth-century; the double bead drawer aperture moulding enjoyed popularity from 1700 … 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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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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Picture This CX – Redux

To a comment in Picture This CX, I replied that warped Windsor seats were not uncommon. A few minutes flicking through the archives returned the following additional examples of warpiness. (That is a word. Now.) Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. … Continue reading

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