Tag Archives: Cocus

Picture This XLVII

I was originally going to work this image into an April Fool’s post as ‘the Ronald McDonald cabinet’, but thought better of it. One of a pair of cocus cabinets-on-stands, circa 1660-5. (Royal Collection Trust) The cocus oyster-veneered cabinets are … Continue reading

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‘Designed to please’ – Lot 340

If you are in the least bit prudish or of a delicate nature, I would recommend you read no further as there follows an image that some may consider rude. Cocus (Brya ebenus) was a prized cabinet wood in the … Continue reading

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In Which My Trousers Catch Alight

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my frequent banging-on about authenticity and reluctance or, more often, refusal to reproduce any piece of furniture until I can locate (at least an image of) an extant, unaltered example to … Continue reading

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Picture This XIII

A rare Charles II cocus-oyster-veneered cabinet-on-stand, circa 1670. (Mallett) Case furniture with bold chiaroscuro surfaces (comprising wood and tortoiseshell veneer, marquetry, parquetry and painted finishes) was popular during the last three decades of the seventeenth-century. Some view the practice as … Continue reading

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