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Pegs and 'Tails

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Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English and Irish furniture &c.
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A Pair of Forest Chairs – Part Two

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 7:52pm
I glued and wedged the ash legs into the elm seat boards and when dry, began the saddling process. My arms could be best described these days as ‘frangible’, so I used a series of carving discs mounted on an … Continue reading
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Picture This CVIII

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 8:05pm
I have previously mentioned cross-grained mouldings (here and here) which, though out-of-period, are authentic. The walnut chest-on-chest below is from the second quarter of the eighteenth-century and displays customary cross-grain banding and vertical veneer on the drawer fronts. Fig. 1. … Continue reading
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The Sydney Fair 2017

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 7:55pm
The Sydney Fair (25-28 May 2017) at the Royal Hall of Industries Moore Park will be the largest International quality event for 10 years.  Over 50 of Australia’s outstanding dealers will be exhibiting (and selling) Furniture, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Art, … Continue reading
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A Pair of Forest Chairs – Part One

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 9:19pm
I want to make four or five Windsor chairs that can remain permanently outdoors on the front veranda of the new house. As I have blathered on about forest chairs on numerous occasions, I thought I would begin with a … Continue reading
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Picture This CVII

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 8:47pm
Harlequin tables initially enjoyed popularity from the second quarter of the eighteenth-century. Several examples are known to have been made by John Channon and Thomas Potter – both esteemed London cabinetmakers. The tables’ tri-fold tops (fig. 1) successively open to … Continue reading
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Easter Fare

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 5:00pm
Although they have been on sale in most of the major supermarkets since Boxing Day, cross buns were traditionally eaten on Good Friday. In the eighteenth-century, cross buns were sold hot, door-to-door (fig. 1). Fig. 1. Thomas Rowlandson, Cries of … Continue reading
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A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Seven

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 1:09pm
The external surfaces of the chest were washed down with hot soapy water to remove any wayward glue, grime and fingerprints. The chest was then stained and the first lick of spirit varnish applied to seal it (fig. 1). The … Continue reading
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The Vagaries of Mounting Ladies

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:18pm
Whilst viewing an estate clearance sale recently, a few old tack room fittings and stable accessories reminded me of some of the esoteric accoutrements so beloved of wealthy eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century equestrians. Fig. 1. Extravagant mahogany boot jack by … Continue reading
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Picture This CVI

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:29am
When preparing another post recently, I noticed something a little peculiar about this rather glorious chest of drawers (fig. 1). Study figures 1, 2 & 3 for the foible before scrolling down to figure 4. Fig. 1. “George II mahogany … Continue reading
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Patches II

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 8:50pm
Having read the earlier post Patches, Pablo Bronstein sent me a few pictures of a walnut escritoire in his possession with an unusual patch in its lower left side (figs. 1 & 2). Fig. 1. Inlaid quadrant ebony stringing. (Pablo … Continue reading
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A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Six

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:29pm
Eighteenth-century bow and serpentine drawer fronts were constructed in a number of ways: The most basic method was to simply saw the sweeping shape out of the solid (fig. 1). The other technique was to laminate the drawer fronts using … Continue reading
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Picture This CV

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 7:55pm
… where decay and fashion collide. Joyner-made late seventeenth-century chests of drawers employed pegged, frame and panel construction methods, adapted from coetaneous building technology. The four stiles extended beneath the base moulding, raising the carcase clear of uneven, damp floors … Continue reading
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A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Five

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 3:33pm
I prepared the triangular packers for the recesses in the canted corners and sawed the frets out of pre-sized 1/8″ (3.2mm) thick veneer (fig. 1). Fig. 1. Walnut packers and frets. Once the corner packers were glued in place, I … Continue reading
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One Million

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 11:38am
I began this blog on the 14th of September 2009 primarily to keep my family apprised of my activities. The power of Google slowly started directing strangers to my blog from all corners of the globe and then one day, … Continue reading
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Picture This CIV

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:53pm
A simple, stylish eighteenth-century comb-back Windsor chair comprising a D-shaped seat, one-piece bent arm, blade arm posts, plain crest rail and Goldsmith-esque legs with H-pattern stretchers. The seat, arm and crest rail appear to be sycamore and the remainder is … Continue reading
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A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Four

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 8:41pm
I don’t have any images of the rear of the original walnut chest; however, roughly thirty years ago I restored a chest of remarkably similar quality and construction (though of mahogany) which had an oddly asymmetrical three-panel pine back. I … Continue reading
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Picture This CIII

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 7:02pm
Like the George III mahogany serpentine chest of drawers in Cross-Grained Mouldings, this unusual little mahogany chest-on-chest from the third quarter of the eighteenth-century displays an out-of-period cross-grained moulding (figs. 1 & 2) – one of the latest examples of … Continue reading
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Cursed!

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 8:32pm
Seventeenth-century Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog landed on the west coast of Australia on the 25th of October 1616 (only the second European to do so). Having tarried merely three days on the continent, he set sail again writing in his … Continue reading
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Patches

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 5:04pm
No, not the Fentanyl patches that some of us stick on our upper arms… nor even those patches applied to furniture by restorers to effect repairs; I am talking about the patches that were let into veneered (and on occasion, … Continue reading
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