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Picture This LXXII

Following on from Picture This LXXI last month, another brace of low-back Windsors has cropped up; however this pair bears no traces of paint. George III yew and elm low-back Windsor chairs, circa 1780. (Robert Bradley) Made of yew, with … Continue reading

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UK’s Oldest Tree Undergoing Sex Change

I previously mentioned Scotland’s Fortingall Yew here. Well apparently there’s something queer going on with it: The UK’s oldest tree, thought to be up to 5,000 years old, is undergoing a “sex change”. Records have always noted the Fortingall Yew … 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 LXII

Bonham’s The Oak Interior sale in Oxford on the 30th of September 2015 includes a variety of late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century oak and other furniture. There are plenty of excellent lots on offer, but I picked out lot 185, a … Continue reading

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Picture This XLII

Regular readers of this blog will be aware of my adoration of beautiful and unusual English and Irish furniture. This stylistically and dimensionally archetypal early George III chest is bizarrely yet handsomely veneered in fruitwood and yew. The chest (lot … 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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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 example to … Continue reading

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Picture This XVI

Most readers will be acquainted with the form of the humble Windsor chair – a solid seat into which the back sticks, arm supports and legs are joined. The arm supports are often shaped components rather than shaved sticks and … Continue reading

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A William and Mary Yew Stool – Part Two

There is justifiable reason for the long absence of the yew stool from these pages: I can upholster and have done so on many occasions (the most recent being a gout stool I completed in July last year), but upholstery … Continue reading

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Making a Yew Caddy – Part One

I am required to take various tablets both morning and evening, and keeping them ordered and convenient has necessitated the use of a box which resides on a table by my principal chair. The unattractive shiny tin box always was … Continue reading

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