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You all know I will and have traveled to the ends of the Earth to bring you the most interesting furniture I can find. One morning recently, I set on a perilous 8.4 mile drive to a local auction house to look at an unusual sale of a single-owner collection. The collectors could be charitably described as eclectic. It is a most interesting assemblage of stuff I have seen in a while. I will cover much of it in the near future.
Among the most interesting was this item billed as a late 17th century English Jacobean Court Cupboard:
Carved center in the front was this:
Many marvelous things about this cupboard including this miraculous transformation from these frog leg hinges on the left door:
to these butterfly hinges on the right door:
The really interesting features however are these columns:
Under condition, the auctioneer states that there are front columns with shrinkage splits. I do not believe that shrinkage splits would change the grain and the character of the wood.
The left column is the same:
Take a step back and look again. Is this just how the columns were made or was this a 3/4 column that once lay flush against a cabinet and was modified to stand proud?
The other piece is a bit less well executed with no real attempt to integrate the changes. This Edwardian Paint Decorated and Inlaid Satinwood Bed has been modified:
with its fancy painted bellflowers:
The modification is functional and not at all aesthetic:
This modification was most likely made to accommodate varying mattress lengths that differ by era and region.