Periodically, a handwritten list of items of furniture that we “need” mysteriously appears in a prominent place in the home with a few of the items heavily underlined, indicating some degree of urgency. Occasionally an item will pique my interest and I set about making it, however, the list is evidently endless and it could take me some years to wade through just the items that hone my edge.
In the essence of connubial accord though, I thought I would commit to a few of the items on the list (which I will update as the notion takes me) and so, in no particular order:
* An outstanding George II walnut serpentine chest of drawers comprising a caddy-top, serpentine front, dressing slide, canted and blind-fretted corners, ogee bracket feet, feather- and cross-banded top and drawers, with original brasses. (Completed)
* A spectacular ash chest-on-stand, with bold crossbanded and featherbanded drawers, standing on turned legs united by a wavy stretcher. (Completed)
* A superb Queen Anne walnut cabinet with moulded arched cornice flanked by urn finials to either side above an arched door inset with a bevelled mirror plate and enclosing three shelves, a short drawer and two pigeon holes, on a moulded plinth base.
* An early George III mahogany blanket chest with a hinged lid above two dummy drawers and two functional drawers.
* A pair of mid-eighteenth-century Irish red walnut side chairs with stuffover seats.
* A fine and rare George I walnut armchair, with shepherd’s crook arms. The cabriole front legs and splayed rear legs joined by a shaped stretcher.
*A mahogany silver chest on cabriole legs.
George II silver chest, circa 1740. (Solomon Bly)
* A late seventeenth-century William and Mary simulated tortoiseshell (later japanned) chest of drawers with silvered handles. (Completed)
* A late eighteenth-century mahogany kneehole desk with leather writing surface. (Completed)
* A George III mahogany cabinet-on-chest, with dentil and fluted cornice. (Completed)
* A small wooden box or caddy in which to secrete daily medications… and chocolate! (Completed)
* A late eighteenth-century mahogany canterbury with turned spindles (I’m not yet one hundred per cent sold on the turned spindles), on square tapered legs and square socket castors.
* A walnut (or elm) mural corner cupboard with cross-veneered, arched fielded door. (Completed)
* A very smart little Queen Anne elm gateleg table with gun-barrel-turned legs and braganza feet. (Completed)
* A George II burr elm bombé commode standing on short cabriole legs.
* A mahogany mural corner cupboard with rectangular fielded door and blind fretwork canted sides.
* A number of George III turned drupaceous fruitwood coasters in drinking glass and decanter sizes.
* A circa 1730 George II tripod table. This one is an unusually early mahogany example; walnut being the norm for this style and period. A mixture of walnut and yew is another possibility as evidence to hand supports the use of these woods for a virtually identical table.
* A circa 1690 William and Mary walnut chest-on-stand, the cup-and-cover legs joined by a wavy stretcher.
*A circa 1690 William and Mary olive oyster chest of drawers, in the manner of Hugh Granger.[i]
* A circa 1695 William and Mary walnut crossbanded chest of drawers. (Completed)
* A circa 1760 George III set of eight Irish ladderback dining chairs (the original set of eight mahogany chairs supplied to the fifth Earl of Antrim for Glenarm Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland).
* A circa 1790 George III mahogany break-front bookcase. (Image to follow)
* A circa 1700 Queen Anne Virginia (black) walnut or fruitwood dining table. (Image to follow)
* A circa 1735 George II walnut fretted and cushion-moulded mirror of unusually small proportions. (Completed)
* A circa 1740 George II Irish solid elm dressing table, with cabriole legs (from sketches I made of the original – purportedly from Powerscourt House, County Wicklow). (Completed)
* A pair of circa 1745 George II walnut girandoles with brass candle branches. (Completed)
* A circa 1745 George II walnut ladderback chair with rush seat by celebrated early eighteenth-century cabinetmaker, Giles Grendy. (Completed)
* A circa 1720 George I walnut side table, the top with re-entrant corners, over one long and two short drawers, standing on cabriole legs. (Completed)
* Circa 1765 Chinese Chippendale mahogany open fret hanging wall shelves with two drawers. (Completed)
* A circa 1755 George II mahogany reader’s companion, having shaped sides and back supporting a single shelf, the sides with carrying hand holes and drawers over a plain convex apron and standing on four cabriole legs. (Completed)
* A circa 1690 William and Mary yew stool with stuff-over seat, on columnar turned legs connected by moulded stretchers. (Completed)
* A George II walnut dressing glass with carved and gilded slip and original fretted crest.
* A late seventeenth-century Anglo-Dutch chest of drawers, veneered in rhombi parquetry employing three different wood species – fruitwood, sycamore and padouk. The banding, mouldings and feet are also of padouk.
* A mahogany Gainsborough chair, covered in green silk damask and close-nailed. Based on the chair in Johann Zoffany’s portrait of King George III.
* A late George II solid mahogany chest on bracket feet.
* An early George III elm, ash and fruitwood double bow Windsor chair bearing traces of original paint. (Completed)
* A set of six Claremont fan-back Windsor chairs (named after a set made circa 1773 for Claremont in Surrey – the home of Lord Clive of India – bearing the inscription ‘Garden Chairs from Claremont’). (Completed)
Ash, elm and walnut Claremont fan-back (legs reduced), circa 1730.
* A Mid-eighteenth-century bureau in solid English Ash with a sloping fall concealing a fitted interior, over four long drawers and standing on bracket feet. (Completed)
Solid ash bureau, circa 1755.
* A George I walnut-veneered inverted breakfront chest of drawers, with three short drawers over three long drawers, standing on bracket feet.
* A pair of George II moulded and shaped walnut girandoles with twin branch candle arms.
Walnut girandole, circa 1730. (Bonhams)
* A simple, late Georgian Irish sideboard in elm with bead-moulded drawers and typically Irish decoration to lower edge of frieze.
George III Irish elm sideboard, circa 1790.
* A series of ebony and/or black-stained sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), field maple (Acer campestre) or pear (Pyrus communis) ‘waved’ mirror and picture frames. The waved mouldings will necessitate the construction of a ‘waving engine’.
[i] Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, Christopher Gilbert, W.S. Maney & Son Ltd., 1996, p.234.