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Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English and Irish furniture &c.
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Picture This CXI

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 12:11am
A dealer is currently offering this walnut chest for sale and describes it as Queen Anne with original brasses. What do the sleuths say? Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. 3. Fig. 4. Jack PlaneFiled under: Antiques, Picture This
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A Trio of Lath-Back Windsor Chairs – Part Three

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:13pm
The chairs were washed down with hot soapy water and then stained. When dry, I (spirit) varnished the chairs, during which, I gave them a little additional colour before finally waxing them (figs. 1-12). Fig. 1. Fig. 2. The pegs … Continue reading
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In Favour of a Bigger Hammer

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 7:59pm
My recent production of Windsor chairs prompted a reader – himself, a Windsor chair-maker – to contact me concerning the moisture content of various chair parts. We exchanged several emails, the content of which I have précised and edited together … Continue reading
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A Trio of Lath-Back Windsor Chairs – Part Two

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:49pm
I think one reader was a little upset with me for attaching the legs before bottoming the seats of the two forest chairs, so these lath-back Windsors were done vice versa. Natheless, the weather impelled me to bore all the … Continue reading
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A Trio of Lath-Back Windsor Chairs – Part One

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 11:37pm
These braced lath-back chairs are of a popular form made in the Thames Valley during the latter half of the eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century. They regularly turn up singly and in sets of twelve or more, varying only by the … Continue reading
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If you happen to be in the vicinity of

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 7:08pm
If you happen to be in the vicinity of Edinburgh between now and the second week of November, you might consider dropping in to see the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland.   … Continue reading
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Picture This CX – Redux

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 5:32pm
To a comment in Picture This CX, I replied that warped Windsor seats were not uncommon. A few minutes flicking through the archives returned the following additional examples of warpiness. (That is a word. Now.) Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. … Continue reading
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Picture This CX

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 6:22pm
Whether by the hand of its maker, a natural defect or the passage of time having its effect on highly contorted wood, antique furniture can be the more beautiful and desirable for its often-perceived shortcomings and faults. Like a face-pulling … Continue reading
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Waxing Lyrical

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 5:26pm
Winters in Australia aren’t nearly as severe as winters back in Ireland and England, but the recent daytime highs of 12° to 16° (54°F to 61°F) provide near optimal conditions for waxing furniture. Of course, waxing can be undertaken at … Continue reading
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Picture This CIX

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 6:31pm
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 Pair of Forest Chairs – Part Four

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 9:31pm
I mixed some thin paint in a popular mid-Georgian shade of green and gave both chairs a couple of coats. Each coat of paint was rubbed back and then a brown-ish glaze was applied to the chairs to accentuate the … Continue reading
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A Pair of Forest Chairs – Part Three

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 6:05pm
I bent the two arms from lengths of ash that were sawn from the straightest-grained board I could find. The back- and arm sticks were shaved from ash – as are the arm blades. The splats are of cherry and … Continue reading
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