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A George III Mahogany Cabinet-on-Chest Redux

… or, the Big Picture. It’s a fact; people are fallible – even eighteenth-century cabinetmakers! Mistakes are often simply made but can be time-consuming and expensive to rectify. In a commercial environment one has to ask oneself if a mistake … Continue reading

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A George III Mahogany Cabinet-on-Chest – Part Six

Glue blocks were positioned round the periphery of the cabinet top to positively locate the cornice (fig. 1). Fig. 1. Cornice locating blocks. With all the cornice mouldings worked and glued to the cornice frame, I rubbed split corner blocks … Continue reading

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A George III Mahogany Cabinet-on-Chest – Part Five

During the first half of the eighteenth-century, cornices were simply extensions of the bookcase or cabinet carcase (fig. 1). Fig. 1. Cornice moulding wrapped round upper chest carcase, circa 1720. From around 1760, the cornice became a separate structure sitting … Continue reading

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