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Pegs and 'Tails

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Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English and Irish furniture &c.
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Inside ‘er Information

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 4:14pm
There has been a recent surge (if two emails in the same week qualifies as a surge) of enquiries regarding the appropriateness of ‘finishing’ (in the modern tongue, applying some sort of varnish or lacquer) the interiors of drawers and … Continue reading
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Picture This CXVIII

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 8:34pm
A London dealer recently attributed this bureau (unusually veneered in burr elm) as George I, circa 1715 and also stated the brasses are original. George II elm bureau, circa 1750-5. The drawer cockbeading places the bureau after 1720 at the … Continue reading
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Exhibition | Pots with Attitude: Political and Satirical Prints on Ceramics

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 9:55pm
The British Museum, London, 12 January – 13 March 2018 Curated by Patricia Ferguson Ceramics are rarely confrontational, but the pugnacious mugs, jugs, and plates in Pots with Attitude: Satirical and Political Prints on Ceramics, in Room 90a, a display … Continue reading
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Sotheby’s to Offer a Group of Objects Celebrating Nelson’s Legend

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 9:01pm
Lot 116, The Victory Jack – an exceptionally large fragment (920mm x 860mm) of the union flag, believed to have flown from HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, circa 1805. (Sotheby’s) Of Royal and Noble Descent, London, 17th of … Continue reading
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Picture This CXVII

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 7:58pm
I mentioned in Chest Invection and Picture This LIVI how, due to changes in tastes, the elevated chests from chests-on-stands and chests-on-chests often found themselves standing on the floor on newly acquired bun- or bracket feet – and conversely, how … Continue reading
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New Book | American Furniture 1650 to the Present

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 1:40pm
Oscar Fitzgerald, American Furniture, 1650 to the Present (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017), 630 pages, ISBN: 978 144227 0381, $130 / £85. Drawing on the latest scholarship, this comprehensive, lavishly illustrated survey tells the story of the evolution of American … Continue reading
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The Elephants Can Sleep a Little Easier

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 7:55pm
Earlier this week one of Australia’s pre-eminent auction houses, Leonard Joel, submitted its policy on the cessation of trade in ivory and rhino horn to the European Commission’s public consultation regarding European trade in these materials. In their 22nd Report, released … Continue reading
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Happy New Year

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 4:00pm
Cheers to everyone who took the time to read my posts over the past year, and a special thank you to those who commented on them. Wishing all my readers happiness and prosperity in 2018. Jack Plane Advertisements Filed under: … Continue reading
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New Book | The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale Junior

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 2:38pm
Judith Goodison, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale Junior (Philip Wilson, 2017), 464 pages, ISBN: 9781781300565, £65 / $95. The Chippendale cabinet-making firm, founded by Thomas Chippendale senior in about 1750 became famous partly through the successful publication of … Continue reading
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Chippendale 300

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 7:07pm
Thomas Chippendale: A Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, 1718-2018 9 February – 9 June 2018, Leeds City Museum, LS2 8BH, UK This exhibition celebrates the life and work of Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), Britain’s most famous furniture maker. It will be the … Continue reading
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Season’s Greetings

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 1:06pm
Whatever your persuasion and situation, I wish you all well during the festive season. Edward Penny, The Mistletoe or Christmas Gambols, circa 1796, (LWL) Jack Plane Advertisements Filed under: Uncategorized
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Picture This CXVI

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:44am
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 CXV

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:26pm
I have mentioned dealer sophistry before, but specious descriptions of antique furniture are sadly becoming ever more prevalent (I will save a discussion on the possible reasons for another time). The vendor of the Windsor chair in figure 1 described … Continue reading
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Picture This CXIV

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 4:49pm
The fairly plain ash, elm and oak ‘country Chippendale’ chairs – with their silhouette vasiform back splats and wooden seats (fig. 1) – were popular during the last quarter of the eighteenth-century and were made in emulation of their more … Continue reading
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