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

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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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Picture This LXXI

I recently came across this rare and handsome brace of painted Windsors or forest chairs. Mid-eighteenth-century low-back forest chairs. These low-back chairs are very similar in many respects to the comb-back Windsor and double bow Windsor chair I made some … Continue reading

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In Which a Christmas Pudding is Devoured

George Woodward, The Christmas Pudding, circa 1796. (Lewis Walpole Library) The young lad, scoffing his Christmas pudding at a tripod table, is sitting on a chair with a rather splendid (and festive looking) case. Below is a copy of The … Continue reading

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George II Walnut Ladderback Chair – Part Three

I came across another Giles Grendey ladderback chair (fig. 1) on display in the London Room of the Handel House Museum (the London home of the baroque composer, George Frideric Handel). Other than the slight difference in the shape of … Continue reading

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