Tag Archives: Chinoiserie

Chairs and Shelves at Christie’s

Christie’s are conducting The English Collector: English Furniture, Clocks and Portrait Miniatures at their King Street, London rooms on the 17th of November 2016. Amongst the furniture on offer is lot 152, a set of six George II fruitwood Windsor … Continue reading

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Picture This LXVIII

We are all fond of a bit of testudinal painting around here, so I thought I’d illustrate a faux tortoiseshell longcase clock that’s coming up for auction tomorrow (16th of December, 2015) at Bonham’s Fine Clocks sale in New Bond … Continue reading

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Picture This LXVII

Regular commenter on this blog, Burbidge, alerted me to a unique elm and fruitwood side chair at the Victoria & Albert Museum which incorporates several elements normally found in Windsor chairs (fig. 1). Fig. 1. Chunky chinoiserie elm and fruitwood … Continue reading

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Making a Yew Caddy – Part One

I am required to take various tablets both morning and evening, and keeping them ordered and convenient has necessitated the use of a box which resides on a table by my principal chair. The unattractive shiny tin box always was … Continue reading

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Chippendale Hanging Shelves – Part One

This delicate little set of chinoiserie shelves is taken straight from Thomas Chippendale’s Director, published in 1754. Fig. 1. Chippendale’s designs for Hanging Shelves, circa 1753. Normally made of mahogany, and often in pairs[1], many ‘Chippendale’ hanging shelves bear only … Continue reading

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A Dog in a Manger

I have had many a great dog in my lifetime, but with the best will in the world, I can barely remember all their names. What I do recall however, is none of them ever slept in the house at … Continue reading

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