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

The fronts of these drawers are mahogany, but the sides, backs and bottoms are pine. The quality of the original cabinet-on-chest would suggest the linings would have been oak; however, good oak – let alone quarter-sawn oak – is virtually … Continue reading

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The London Furniture Timber Trade

Even prior to the Industrial Revolution, Britain’s timber stocks had been heavily depleted through centuries of shipbuilding, house-building and agricultural land clearance. Notwithstanding the scarcity of domestic supplies, the even-textured, slow-grown, wainscot (oak) and deal (pine) imported from the vast … Continue reading

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A George I Walnut Side Table – Part One

Despite not really having much room in the house for yet another table; from the moment I clapped eyes on this handsome little side table, I couldn’t resist having a go at making one. Its diminutive proportions (29-1/2″ [75 cm] … Continue reading

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A William and Mary Walnut Chest of Drawers – Part One

William and Mary walnut veneered chest of drawers, circa 1695. (Christie’s) Outwardly, the shape and form of these chests remained largely constant from around 1670 to 1720. The construction consisted of a dovetailed  deal or wainscot carcase and was typically … Continue reading

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Pine in the Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Centuries

The third in the series of British furniture timbers of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-centuries. Britain had an insatiable hunger for foreign timber during the seventeenth- and eighteenth-centuries and her appetite for pine in particular placed her in a strategically dangerous … Continue reading

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