I see a lot of furniture. More than most, less than a few. Based on what I have witnessed, I have an expectation of how furniture is typically built. Like feet go between the base of a piece of furniture and the floor. Except when they are in a drawer:
Way back in March, I attended an auction preview and did my usual picture-taking thing. I must amuse them in that they put up with me. At this auction I saw several things that were not as they should be. I know how they should be. Did I mention that I see a lot of furniture?
The first two are desks with inappropriate dovetails. Carcass dovetails on your typical slant top desk looks like this:
The pins and tails are configured so that the top ties the two sides together, keeping them in their place relative to one another. Any other configuration wouldn’t make sense.
Meet the desk that defies expectation:
Inside is more or less typical:
Then it gets interesting:
In this configuration, the sides tie the top to the bottom. In the event gravity fails? Or they install lifting eyes to hoist it to the upper floors.
As often happens when I find something unusual, I find a second on shortly thereafter. Or on the same day. Like this desk:
The next defiant piece is this very nice bookshelf on desk:
Bookshelf in nicely executed:
The gallery in nicer than most:
But, again, things are not as they seem.
Next you have to figure out what is going on behind the drawer:
Turns out there is a T-shaped arched top panel:
Just to prove I am not overly fixated on desks and dovetails, there were also two unique gate leg tables. The first one turns in on itself:
This one is different:
Last lesson of the day is this cabriole legged demilune table:
The cabriole leg is not unknown but the majority of gate leg tables are turned or tapered. The apron is unusually wide.
What really makes it odd is the appearance of there being three leaves: (or leafs. Active online debate as to which is correct.)
I didn’t notice the leaves until I got home and looked at it. How do you unfold three semicircular leaves hinged at the edge? It would seem that you would end up with the center leaf sticking straight up perpendicular to the plane of the outer two.
This is going to require some thought…