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A George I Simulated Tortoiseshell Girandole – Part Four

The candle arms required only the minimum of fettling prior to gold lacquering them to match the gilding on the frame. A suspension wire was attached to the back of the girandole and the candle arm mounts were then screwed … Continue reading

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A George I Simulated Tortoiseshell Girandole – Part Three

As has been mentioned here before, imitating tortoiseshell on furniture has been achieved with varying degrees of realism down the centuries. The tortoiseshell backgrounds of japanned work often consisted of nothing more complex than random daubs of opaque black paint … Continue reading

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A George I Simulated Tortoiseshell Girandole – Part Two

The pine girandole frame consists of two parts; the main fretted frame, and a thinner, moulded frame that is attached to the front of the fretted frame. Fig. 1. Half-lapped and mitred front frame. Fig. 2. Front frame and fretted … Continue reading

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A pair of George II Walnut Girandoles – Part Five

The candle branches I ordered from the brass foundry on December 15th have arrived! Huzzah! Dealing with Marshall Brass is one of the most perfunctory experiences one is ever likely to encounter. Drawing blood from a stone would be a … Continue reading

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Two Small Mirrors

Bobby Cranston, a lovely old man whom I employed for many years back in Ireland, had a wonderfully rich repertoire of witticisms and colourful colloquialisms. If someone in our company shared a joke, Bobby’s typical riposte was “Tell us another … Continue reading

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A pair of George II Walnut Girandoles – Part One

Girandole is one name given to a free-hanging branched candleholder, but more commonly refers to a wall-hung looking-glass with one or more candle branches. Fig. 1. George II Walnut girandole with brass candle branches, circa 1750. The light from a … Continue reading

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