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Pegs and 'Tails

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

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:07pm
Several readers have, at various times, enquired why some eighteenth-century drawers have escutcheons – and indeed, keyholes – when no locks are (or ever were) present. Locks were expensive items and not all drawer contents necessitate such elaborate protection. In … Continue reading
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Starry, Starry Drite

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 5:42pm
This cupboard was described by a dealer as “astral glazed”. George III painted corner cupboard, circa 1790. Jack Plane Advertisements Filed under: Antiques Tagged: glazed
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William Kent Chair Conservation

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 11:49pm
The Wallace Collection recently completed conservation of an eighteenth-century English chair, which has not been able to be on display for some time because of its condition. The chair is believed to be part of a set, designed by William … Continue reading
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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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