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Picture This CXLI

Every so often, I go all weak at the knees and grasp a convenient chair back or table top for support. It’s not so much to do with my advancing years; rather, the sight of some superlative piece of furniture … Continue reading

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A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Seven

The external surfaces of the chest were washed down with hot soapy water to remove any wayward glue, grime and fingerprints. The chest was then stained and the first lick of spirit varnish applied to seal it (fig. 1). The … Continue reading

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Picture This XLVI

I have a real soft spot for the oft comical and quirky mediaeval and post-mediaeval ecclesiastical carved roof bosses, corbels, misericords and pew ends that adorn England’s cathedrals and churches. The subject of the carving on the end of one … Continue reading

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Say, have you read this?

In Samuel Pepys’ diary entry for the 21st of June, 1661, he mentions purchasing some ‘say’: “…having bought some green Say for curtains in my parler”. Say is one of several archaic names for baize, a fabric commonly employed for … Continue reading

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Baize and Bay(e)s

… or latterly… “Never mind the quality, feel the width!” Introduced into England by Dutch Huguenot immigrants in the third quarter of the sixteenth-century, baize is a loosely woven woollen cloth, not to be confused with felt – a randomly … Continue reading

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