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Painted Furniture

Postby Colin Middleton » Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:19 pm

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?

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Re: Painted Furniture

Postby Brother Ranulf » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:50 am

Colin, nothing English comes to mind but this is a German oak chair of the 1400s with only partial painting, confined to the back:

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Re: Painted Furniture

Postby Brother Ranulf » Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:13 pm

. . . 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


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Re: Painted Furniture

Postby Colin Middleton » Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:34 pm

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.

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Re: Painted Furniture

Postby latheaxe » Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:26 pm

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