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Picture This CVI

When preparing another post recently, I noticed something a little peculiar about this rather glorious chest of drawers (fig. 1). Study figures 1, 2 & 3 for the foible before scrolling down to figure 4. Fig. 1. “George II mahogany … Continue reading

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Picture This CV

… where decay and fashion collide. Joyner-made late seventeenth-century chests of drawers employed pegged, frame-and-panel construction methods adapted from coetaneous building technology. The four stiles extend beneath the base moulding, raising the carcase clear of uneven, damp floors (fig. 1). … Continue reading

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Picture This CIII

Like the George III mahogany serpentine chest of drawers in Cross-Grained Mouldings, this unusual little mahogany chest-on-chest from the third quarter of the eighteenth-century displays an out-of-period cross-grained moulding (figs. 1 & 2) – one of the latest examples of … Continue reading

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Picture This CII

This ash comb-back Windsor chair (fig. 1) is unusual in several respects, not least of which is the circular seat (fig. 2) which is of ash rather than the more traditional elm. Also, the bent arm is exceptionally broad. Fig. … Continue reading

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“All craftsmen make blunders, but what separates the truly great ones is the ability to redress their mistakes.” Regular reader, Burbidge, emailed me about an aspect of the mahogany linen press in figure 1. It conforms closely to the drawing … Continue reading

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Picture This XCIX

From the ‘what were they thinking?’ files, comes this eighteenth-century Windsor chair. Primitive comb-back Windsor, circa 1780. (Robert Young) The keen-of-eye might have noticed the H-stretcher’s unusual (and original) orientation which must have been the cause of many a painful … Continue reading

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Picture This XCVII Redux

The dated walnut chest of drawers featured in Picture This XCVII realised £8,750 ($14,894) against a pre-auction estimate of £7,000 – £10,000 ($12,000 – $18,000). George II walnut chest, circa 1751. (Bonham’s) Chest top with dated inscription. (Bonham’s) Jack Plane

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Picture This XCVIII

Another item of interest in Bonham’s The Oak Interior sale in New Bond Street, London on the 28th of September 2016 is lot 198, an early eighteenth-century signed and dated oak bureau (figs. 1 & 2). Fig. 1. Lot 198, … Continue reading

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Picture This XCVII

Bonham’s The Oak Interior sale in New Bond Street, London on the 28th of September 2016 has a number of interesting items including lot 200, a dated walnut chest of drawers (fig. 1) carrying an estimate of £7,000 – £10,000 … Continue reading

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Picture This XCVI

This table is described by its vendor as a “walnut and mahogany eight-legged tilt-top table, circa 1780”. I’m not convinced the top is original… I’m not even certain when or if it began its life as a table. Fig. 1. … Continue reading

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