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A George II Irish Elm Dressing Table – Part Five

The dressing table was washed down with hot soapy water prior to staining it with Van Dyke. When the stain dried, I polished it all and attached the handles. A good waxing completed the job (figs. 1 -7). Fig. 1. … Continue reading

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A George II Irish Elm Dressing Table – Part Four

The solid drawer fronts of the dressing table are lipped on three edges and moulded on all four edges (fig. 1). Lipped drawer edges enjoyed brief popularity on all types of case furniture between 1730 and 1760; coexisting with the … Continue reading

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A George II Irish Elm Dressing Table – Part Two

The paper patterns I made of the dressing table in the late eighties were showing their age, so I took the precautionary step of carefully transcribing them onto some hardboard. Once completed, I laid out the leg profiles onto some … Continue reading

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A George II Irish Elm Dressing Table – Part One

I’ve been unable to locate the original photographs I took of this dressing table, but the restoration worksheet dated ‘February/March, 1988’ assigns the piece to a ‘Mrs. […], Kilbride, Co. Wicklow (ex Powerscourt).‘ The table had been purchased by the … Continue reading

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The Lowboys

No, not an eighteenth-century cittern-playing group, but a group nonetheless, that includes certain small turned-, cabriole- and square-legged tables with up to five drawers. The term ‘lowboy’ appears in usage towards the end of the nineteenth century and has been … Continue reading

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