A Treasure Chest?, R A Fredman

Vol 46 no 1, Feb 2024
Article from Vol 46 no 1, Feb 2024

A Treasure Chest?, R A Fredman


Chests of drawers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and are easy to describe using some basic elements such as dimensions and number of drawers, types of timber, feet, knobs etc. For scholars of early furniture many more parameters come into play, not the least being an assessment of whether all its features are original and whether there have been later ‘improvements’. To describe a piece of furniture properly requires knowledge that only a systematic investigation involving visual and forensic procedures, coupled with appropriate research, can provide. The physical evidence within the cabinetmaking can reveal many secrets. Bob Fredman takes us through the step-by-step process of his analysis and shows how a closer look can reveal its origin and history.

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