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Picture This CXXV

I have previously mentioned (here, here and here) how some early case furniture – for various reasons – gained bracket feet later in life. Conversely, upper chests from walnut chest-on-chests and less commonly, chest-on-stands, as late as 1750 occasionally gained/regained … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXXIV

When I came across this mahogany chest of drawers, one of the first things I noticed was the feet (fig. 1) – if you click on the image and enlarge it, you can see the bracket feet have been re-tipped. … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXXI

The rather nice mahogany chest of drawers in figure 1 is lot 313 in Bonhams’ The Scottish Sale in Edinburgh on the 13th of April 2016. Fig. 1. George III six-drawer chest, circa 1765. (Bonhams) The chest is possibly by … Continue reading

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Picture This LIVIII

Dear Mr. Coulter, I am today sending down a high cheſt which is altogether too large for my preſent needs. I would you remove the cheſt from the handſome legs and work a new top in Walnutree with a nice … Continue reading

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Picture This LIVI

In Chest Invection I described how elevated chests occasionally found their own feet, and then yesterday I came across this beautifully patinated English walnut chest of drawers (fig. 1), advertised by a North American dealer and described as “George I… … Continue reading

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Picture This LIII

I recently came across this early eighteenth-century walnut chest of drawers. It’s of fairly standard form, though the handles are replacements and the base moulding and feet appear to have been added during the third quarter of the century – … Continue reading

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Picture This XLI

I recently came across a rather nice mid eighteenth-century mahogany serpentine chest of drawers, the bracket feet of which are supported by horizontally laminated pine blocks. Horizontally blocked bracket foot, circa 1755. (Corfield Potashnick) Although thoughtfully constructed, the underlying flaw … Continue reading

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Picture This XXVII

I mentioned in Bracket Foot Construction how horizontally blocked bracket feet are prone to failure. Recent images to hand evidence the type of damage previously described. Despite the mounds of pine glued behind each of the feet in figures 1 … Continue reading

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A George II Ash Bureau – Part Four

I planed a simple ovolo moulding along the edge of a 3/4″ thick ash board and sawed it off at 1-1/4″ wide. The bureau’s base board is 3/4″ thick which necessitated 1/2″ thick packers (fig. 1) to be added to … Continue reading

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Picture This XIV

I recently came across an unusual chest of drawers (fig. 1). The second thing that caught my eye was the unnatural wear to the bottom edges of the bracket feet: It looked like the corner blocks were missing and the … Continue reading

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