Last summer we had the chance to examine the first oval table that can be attributed to the workshop of John Head (1688-1754). According to entries in his account book, John Head sold approximately fifty-five oval tables between 1720 and 1737. Prices ranged from £0-18-0 for a pine table to £3-0-0, of which six were … Continue reading To an Oval Table
In answering a comment in the previous post I listed the different forms that can be attributed to the Bartram family joiner. They include tea tables, stands, oval tables, three drawer and single drawer dressing tables, tables without drawers, chests of drawers, chests over drawers, spice boxes, and spice boxes on frames. All of these … Continue reading To a Square Walnut Table
I found the Bartram Family joiner chest over drawers in a corner on the balcony at Pook & Pook, Inc. It did not rate the main gallery on the ground floor, but then, it is not a complex furniture form, it's not made of walnut , and while its primary wood species is a softwood, … Continue reading Bartram Family Joiner Chest Over Drawers, Part 2
John Head left "my House and Lot or piece of ground in Mulberry Street wherein I now dwell, joyning to Mary Pounds Lott" to his daughter Mary Head Lawrence. The house was on the north side of Arch Street (the name of the street was changed from Mulberry to Arch before the end of the … Continue reading Re-framing History, John and Rebecca Head’s Home
For a lack of other surviving desks that can be attributed to John Head’s shop, we have no way of knowing if the writing compartment is typical of his work. More or less elaborate interiors may account for some part of the range of prices Head charged for desks. Along the back at the center … Continue reading “To a Walnut Dask”, Part II, The Writing Compartment.