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Picture This CXXXVI

I previously mentioned the differences between plain cut-in and worked-up shelf supports for bookcases etc. The image below is a good example of simple cut-in supports. Oak bookcase, circa 1760. Jack Plane Advertisements

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The Old Irish Tree List

In pre-Christian Irish society, brehons or judges laid down the law. This early body of law is now recognised as probably the oldest known European example of a sophisticated legal system. The Brehon law survived relatively intact right through the … Continue reading

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Ah Diddley Dee Potatoes!

To all Irishmen, particularly those in absentia… happy Saint Patrick’s Day. Jack Plane

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“To a Walnut Dask”, Part II, The Writing Compartment.

Originally posted on In Proportion to the Trouble:
Writing compartment of the desk attributed to John Head. Made in Philadelphia, 1720-1740. Black walnut, hard pine, Atlantic white cedar, yellow poplar, brass, iron. Private collection. For a lack of other surviving…

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“To a Walnut Dask” Part I

Originally posted on In Proportion to the Trouble:
In the account book of the joiner John Head (1688-1754) there are debit entries for 45 desks, the first entry coming in 1719, two years after Head immigrated from England to Philadelphia,…

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Milk of Human Purblindness

Over the weekend I received a flurry of emails from readers wishing to know the brand and colour of milk paint I used on a pair of forest chairs I made last year. I suppose it had to happen one … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week

[…] Thomas Chippendale. His designs reached both sides of the Atlantic […][1] Jack Plane [1] Nichols House Museum, Boston.

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Patches II

Having read the earlier post Patches, Pablo Bronstein sent me a few pictures of a walnut escritoire in his possession with an unusual patch in the upper left side of the chest (figs. 1 & 2). Fig. 1. Inlaid quadrant … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings

Whatever your persuasion and situation, I wish you all well during the festive season. Jack Plane

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Picture This XCIV

A George III cherry chest of drawers, circa 1770. (Bonham’s) Proportionally and stylistically, this chest of drawers could almost pass for a provincial English cherry chest – but for the unusual cornice-like top moulding with its central laburnum tablet (the … Continue reading

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