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Picture This CXL

Described by its vendor as ‘an early nineteenth-century solid oak Scottish desk with original finish’, this is one of the most horrendous carve-ups I have encountered to date. Fig. 1. George II later-carved oak bureau, circa 1740. Fig. 2. Noice! … Continue reading

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Picture This CXXXVI

Further to the walnut secretaire chest-on-chest in Picture This CXXX, this secretaire chest-on-chest recently caught my eye. Fig. 1. George II oak secretaire chest-on-chest, circa 1750. I previously mentioned early secretaire drawer fronts were commonly secured with simple iron hooks … Continue reading

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Picture This CXVI

This splendid early eighteenth-century walnut breakfront chest-on-stand comprises a number of features that stylistically, span several decades: The chest’s frame-and-panel gables’ origin is in the last quarter of the seventeenth-century; the double bead drawer aperture moulding enjoyed popularity from 1700 … Continue reading

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Picture This CIX

I spotted this chest of drawers for sale which was described thusly: […] chest of drawers, circa 1720. […] later inlaid with same period inlay which has been let in to create this stunning piece. Fig. 1. Decorated oak chest … Continue reading

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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 joiner-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 low dresser , lot 393 (fig. 1). Silhouette-legged dressers and low dressers were … 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 here, however today’s post, though keenly personal on one level, involves a … 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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