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Picture This XCIX

From the ‘what were they thinking?’ files, comes this eighteenth-century Windsor chair. Primitive comb-back Windsor, circa 1780. (Robert Young) The keen-of-eye might have noticed the H-stretcher’s unusual (and original) orientation which must have been the cause of many a painful … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXVII

I am seeing forest chairs everywhere and am beginning to wonder if there are any Windsor chairs out there that aren’t painted. The striking lath-back armchair in figure 1 incorporates bold leg turnings (compare with the chairs here and here), … Continue reading

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A William III Ash Chest-on-Stand – Part Seven

The drawers were constructed in period-correct fashion with through dovetails front and back. The central veneers on the drawer fronts are the more figured stuff from the ends of the leaves of quarter cut veneer I used for the stripy … Continue reading

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A William III Ash Chest-on-Stand – Part Six

The joinery for these flat, shaped stretchers commonly comprises simple lap, or halved joints, however, one also encounters bridle joints (fig. 1). Fig. 1. The pine stretcher components. After putting the stretcher together, it was veneered on top, inside and … Continue reading

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A Fiddleback Maple Display Cabinet

A very odd looking lighthouse-shaped fiddleback maple display cabinet came up for auction at Christies in Melbourne some years ago (although curiously, they catalogued it as walnut). One of Melbourne’s more flamboyant and well known antique jewellers was a frequent … Continue reading

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Restoration of a Walnut Chest-on-Stand

The stand of this circa 1695 William III walnut chest on stand suffered badly from woodworm attack and general decay. On first appearances, the prospect of resurecting the stand, at least,  looked quite hopeless, but much worse looking pieces than … Continue reading

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