Stringing Inlay Designs, Part II

The abstract geometric bi-lateral designs of light-wood stringing terminating with clusters of three multi-wood species dots inlaid on solid black walnut drawer fronts seen on several chests of drawers in the previous post has long been associated with Chester County, Pennsylvania. A single motif is centered on the drawer pull of each short drawer and … Continue reading Stringing Inlay Designs, Part II

Stringing Inlay Designs, Part I

The simplest designs of line and dot inlay on Southeastern Pennsylvania furniture are found on framed, or wainscot, chairs. Several surviving chairs, possibly from the same set, have stringing in the form of a quarter of a circle inlaid in the corners of the back panel.  Side chair. Black walnut. Southeastern Pennsylvania. Possibly Philadelphia. Winterthur … Continue reading Stringing Inlay Designs, Part I

A Chest-On-Stand in the Rocky Hill Collection

The chest-on-stand formerly in William “Bill” K. du Pont’s collection is, as both Sotheby’s catalogue entry (lot 505) and Pook & Pook’s catalogue entry from October 2013 say, the only example of this form with any sort of inlay. Swirling light-wood stringing terminating in single and clusters of four dots is present on all of the drawer fronts and the top. … Continue reading A Chest-On-Stand in the Rocky Hill Collection

Line and Dot Inlaid Furniture at Sotheby’s

One of Bill du Pont’s collecting focuses over the last decades was inlaid objects from Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Delaware River Valley. Using the search term “inlaid” in the on-line catalogue of his collection to be sold in January 2022 at Sotheby’s turns up no less than 44 objects. If the inlaid metal objects - … Continue reading Line and Dot Inlaid Furniture at Sotheby’s