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A Wake

It’s time. I lost Virginia on the 29th of December 2014. I seek neither condolences nor sympathy. I have largely succeeded in keeping my personal life from scrutiny here, however today’s post, though keenly personal on one level, involves a … 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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Picture This LXII

Bonham’s The Oak Interior sale in Oxford on the 30th of September 2015 includes a variety of late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century oak and other furniture. There are plenty of excellent lots on offer, but I picked out lot 185, a … 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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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 XVI

Most readers will be acquainted with the form of the humble Windsor chair – a solid seat into which the back sticks, arm supports and legs are joined. The arm supports are often shaped components rather than shaved sticks and … Continue reading

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A Small Queen Anne Gateleg Table – Part One

Standing well short of the standard dining table height of 29-1/2″ (749mm), these diminutive gateleg tables were used by one or two persons for the purpose of taking tea or consuming informal meals in the privacy of a parlour or … Continue reading

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Another Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part Two

The legs and stretchers of this chair are turned from English Walnut in a style common to the Thames Valley region from the early eighteenth-century. The seat is a single piece of elm with the grain running east-west, into which … Continue reading

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A Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part One

I made my last Windsor chair primarily because I admired that particular regional style, but also because it didn’t comprise any steam-bent components. At the time I made the comb-back chair I no longer possessed the requisite steaming equipage and … Continue reading

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Future Proofing My Exploits

Since moving to the Antipodes I have been frequently astounded by the number of European tree species growing here and the proliferation of them. Ash, oaks, elms, walnuts (I include black walnut which was also grown in Britain for furniture), drupaceous … Continue reading

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