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A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part One

Towards the close of the seventeenth-century, rather heavy, solid wainscot (oak) furniture gave way to refined European walnut chairs, tables, mirrors and walnut-veneered wainscot and deal (pine) casework etc. Joined oak furniture was attractive enough, but somewhat workman-like and couldn’t … Continue reading

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Cross-Grained Mouldings

Mouldings on oak-framed buildings – and thence joyner-made oak furniture – followed the timber’s grain and were comparatively simple to produce. Then circa 1685, a new breed of specialised furniture maker appeared. Cabinetmakers developed more sophisticated techniques for making and … Continue reading

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Picture This XCVIII

Another item of interest in Bonham’s The Oak Interior sale in New Bond Street, London on the 28th of September 2016 is lot 198, an early eighteenth-century signed and dated oak bureau (figs. 1 & 2). Fig. 1. Lot 198, … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXIV

Amongst the lots up for auction in Bonham’s sale, Home & Interiors, in Knightsbridge, this coming Tuesday, the 23rd of February 2016, I espied this stretcher-less oak dresser base, lot 393 (fig. 1). Silhouette-legged dressers and dresser bases were popular … Continue reading

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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 (with the exception of a few furniture/celebration-related occurrences), but today’s post, though … Continue reading

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Picture This LXV

Just for a bit of fun this time; before I offer my assessment of this oak and yew chest-on-stand, would anyone else care to interpret the images and propose a date? Fig. 1. Oak and yew chest-on-stand. (Tooveys) Fig. 2. … Continue reading

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Picture This LX

Continuing on from Picture This LIVI, I was perusing Bonham’s catalogue of their upcoming Arts and Antiques sale in Oxford on the 9th of September and thought the following lots worthy of discussion. Lot 481 is catalogued as “A 19th … Continue reading

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Picture This LI

Bonhams have a number of interesting items coming up in The Oak Interior sale in Oxford on the 13th of May, 2015. One lot that caught my eye is this early seventeenth-century oak ship’s table (lot 106). Charles I oak … Continue reading

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Picture This L

Spices have been traded from the Orient, the Moluccas and West Africa across Europe for thousands of years. Important for making-palatable less-than-fresh meat, preserving and flavouring, vast fortunes have been spent controlling and dominating the spice trade. Some countries’ economies … Continue reading

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Buckets begorrah!

This year I decided to mark Saint Patrick’s Day with a post celebrating some peculiarly Irish furniture. Ireland is a country that incites endless superlatives as the result of her lush scenery and vistas, culture, and – amongst many unique products … Continue reading

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