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Painted Furniture

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:19 pm
by Colin Middleton
I know that there are several examples of boxes and the like from the middle ages painted to decorate them. I'm wondering if the painting always covers the whole surface, or if they are left natural wood, with decorative carving picked out in colour. Can anyone think of any examples that are only partially painted?

Many thanks

Colin

Re: Painted Furniture

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:50 am
by Brother Ranulf
Colin, nothing English comes to mind but this is a German oak chair of the 1400s with only partial painting, confined to the back:

german chair.jpg

Re: Painted Furniture

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:13 pm
by Brother Ranulf
. . . then I remembered the Brightwell Baldwin coffer chest of about 1365 with the image of St George. The dragon is now missing and it is fair to say that some other elements may have been lost, but it seems that the chest was only ever partially painted:

http://medieval-church-art.blogspot.co. ... chest.html

Re: Painted Furniture

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:34 pm
by Colin Middleton
Thanks for those BR. I've seen a couple of examples with the figure painted onto an undecorated plank, but I'm more after stuff like the chair, wher you've got the carved decoration painted, but the un-carved stuff around it not painted.

It sounds like these things were done, but I like to check before I go and do these things.

Best wishes,

Colin

Re: Painted Furniture

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:26 pm
by latheaxe
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