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Picture This CXXXI

Stand down sleuths; there is absolutely nothing wrong with the top of this William and Mary walnut chest-on-stand! I merely offer it as an untouched thing of beauty (click to enlarge). Crossgrain-moulded, veneered and banded chest, circa 1695. (Mackinnon Fine … Continue reading

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Picture This CXXX

This walnut secretaire chest-on-chest caught my eye recently; described by its vendor as circa 1740 and with original brasses. Fig. 1. Mid eighteenth-century walnut secretaire chest-on-chest… Fig. 2. … and with secretaire drawer open. Fig. 3. Interior of secretaire drawer. … Continue reading

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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

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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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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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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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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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