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Chair-Back Settees

A popular form of mid- to late eighteenth-century seating was the chair-back settee, in double-, triple-, and quadruple-back formats. Fig. 1. George II Irish mahogany double chair-back settee, circa 1740. (O’Sullivan Antiques) Chair-back settees are constructed in much the same … Continue reading

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George II Walnut Ladderback Chair – Part Three

I came across another Giles Grendey ladderback chair (fig. 1) on display in the London Room of the Handel House Museum (the London home of the baroque composer, George Frideric Handel). Other than the slight difference in the shape of … Continue reading

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George II Walnut Ladderback Chair – Part Two

The chair saw a flurry of activity in the days following its inception – before my efforts were diverted to the more urgent task of erecting an extensive new chicken run and coop. Needless to say; the fowl accommodation was … Continue reading

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George II Walnut Ladderback Chair – Part One

Ladderback chairs (so called because of their horizontal back splats’ obvious resemblance to the rungs of a ladder) are a vernacular form of chair made by local craftsmen from green, coppiced wood such as ash and beech (fig. 1). Fig. … Continue reading

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A George I Simulated Tortoiseshell Girandole – Part One

Virginia and I have decided upon an early Georgian simulated tortoiseshell girandole to hang in a bedroom, however I couldn’t find an image of precisely what I had in mind, so I’m going to take a degree of liberty with … Continue reading

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