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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 William III Ash Chest-on-Stand – Part Two

I am never without something to occupy myself, but spring is a particularly active time of the year: Horses, foals (currently five, with another three due imminently), tree planting, tree watering, keeping the greens in order and a myriad of … Continue reading

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Picture This XLI

I recently came across a rather nice mid eighteenth-century mahogany serpentine chest of drawers, the bracket feet of which are supported by horizontally laminated pine blocks. Horizontally blocked bracket foot, circa 1755. (Corfield Potashnick) Although thoughtfully constructed, the underlying flaw … Continue reading

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I’ve done My Number Two…

… chest of five chests of drawers that I’m making for the up-coming book. The second chest of drawers is a five-drawer Queen Anne chest from around 1705. The pine carcase is veneered with (locally grown) English walnut and the … Continue reading

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Report on Forest Trees of North America

North America is vast and by North Americans’ own frequent admissions, everything there is bigger and more profuse than anywhere else. We’re all vaguely aware of the prodigious amounts of oak, pine, walnut, ash and cherry grown in – and which … Continue reading

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One Down

No, not a cryptic crossword clue, but news of the completion of the first of five chests of drawers I’m making for my up-coming book. The first chest of drawers is typical of small four-drawer William and Mary chests made … Continue reading

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Picture This XXXI

This chest is another example of the anomalous furniture that I talked about in In Which My Trousers Catch Alight. Lot 764 in Day 2 of Dreweatts’ The Summer Sale at the end of this month is ostensibly a fairly typical … Continue reading

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In Which My Trousers Catch Alight

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my frequent banging-on about authenticity and reluctance or, more often, refusal to reproduce any piece of furniture until I can locate – at least an image of – an extant, unaltered … Continue reading

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A George II Ash Bureau – Part Five

I rubbed a couple of lengths of ash together to make the fall and then added a single-mitred cleat to each end. Next I scratched an ovolo moulding around the periphery of the exterior of the fall (fig. 1) and … Continue reading

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The Navigation Act 1663

The Navigation Act 1663 was passed on the 27th of July, 1663 (the earlier Navigation Act of 1660 replaced the Navigation Act of 1651 which was abrogated on the grounds of having been illegally enacted by Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth). The … Continue reading

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