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A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Four

I don’t have any images of the rear of the original walnut chest; however, roughly thirty years ago I restored a mid-eighteenth-century chest of remarkably similar quality and construction (though of mahogany) which had an oddly asymmetrical three-panel pine back. … Continue reading

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A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Three

The walnut cross-grain moulding was formed along the serpentine front edge of the carcase’s baseboard prior to assembling the carcase (fig. 1). Fig. 1. The cross-grain moulding already opening up in the 41° (106°F) heat. I cut the one-sided dovetail … Continue reading

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A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Two

I don’t have historic patterns for this precise chest of drawers, so the first few hours of the job were absorbed in making patterns for the serpentine carcase and drawer fronts, cock-beading, serpentine base moulding and bracket feet. The individual … Continue reading

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Unreasonable Fourth

Since completing the third chest of drawers for the upcoming book, I have had a lot on my plate which has dictated, at best, sporadic work on the fourth chest. I did, however, begin with great gusto; preparing the carcase’s … 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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Picture This LIII

I recently came across this early eighteenth-century walnut chest of drawers. It’s of fairly standard form, though the handles are replacements and the base moulding and feet appear to have been added during the third quarter of the century – … Continue reading

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A William and Mary Simulated Tortoiseshell Chest of Drawers – Part Two

I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, but due to the stormy and periodically wet weather we’ve experienced lately, I didn’t want to risk setting up outdoors to work on the chest’s carcase. In stead, I moved piles of … Continue reading

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Furniture Brasses

In the early seventeenth-century, furniture fittings – handles, hasps, hinges and locks – were wrought from iron by black- and whitesmiths; often with surprising finesse. Whitesmiths also produced tinned iron fittings which, when new, would have shone like silver, but … Continue reading

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What Nomenclature is this!

I was watching a video, produced by the Victoria and Albert Museum, on the subject of a Chippendale period chair, when I suddenly found myself hurling verbal abuse at the monitor and slapping my hand on the desk – have … Continue reading

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A George III Mahogany Kneehole Desk – Part Five

The top proper consists of three 3/4″ (19mm) thick pine boards glued and rubbed together, which, once dry, was tidied and squared up. I formed the mahogany edge moulding and mitred and glued it around the top’s periphery. The crossbanding … Continue reading

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