Marquetry card table by John Linnell #1: A bit of history and building the frame

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Blog entry by Longcase posted 04-25-2016 02:10 AM 1453 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I remember the moment I became interested in marquetry, it was while on vacation in England that I visited Keddlestone Hall ,a National Trust property in Derbyshire and saw this card table.

The table was made in 1765 by the cabinetmaker John Linnell

The marqueteur who worked for the Linnell firm at the time was Christopher Fuhrlohg, who was Paris trained possibly in the Simon Oeben workshop. Fuhrlohg was a Swedish cabinetmaker who returned to his native country a few years later along with his brother in law and fellow marqueteur Georg Haupt to work for the King of Sweden.

The people at the National Trust were very accommodating and allowed me to visit Keddlestone Hall one day before it opened to the public and take lots of photos and measurements. So for the last few years (on and off) I have been steadily working away on my interpretation of the table,
All the frame work on the original was Oak, so therefore I used quarter or riff sawn Oak on my copy as the frame sides are veneered only on the face side . The table has concertina action to open the table to full size, nothing is glued together at this stage.

I have also been working on a few of the marquetry pieces

The feet and swags on the original are cast bronze , in the next installment I will show you how I went on with my humble effort in casting,
Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 04-25-2016 02:30 AM

Looking really nice Kieth. I’m looking forward to your casting story. The mounts are the bits that really make reproducing a lot of classic pieces difficult to impossible.

I will be following.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 04-25-2016 04:48 AM

very nice! I will be following your progress.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 04-25-2016 09:40 AM

Some fine marquetry motifs and subtle sand shading. Excellent. Did you make the brass hinges?

-- Madburg WA

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#4 posted 04-25-2016 02:36 PM

You’re doing an amazing job on this table. Looking forward to seeing how this goes.

-- Julian

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#5 posted 04-25-2016 04:10 PM

This looks very interesting.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#6 posted 04-25-2016 05:26 PM

Very cool project!
How are you cutting out the marquetry elements? Are you using a scroll saw? Fret saw? Chevalet? I see you are also using hot-sand shading. Very nice!
Look forward to seeing the finished table!

-- Ed

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#7 posted 04-26-2016 03:34 PM

Judging by your work so far Keith I believe the casting will also be very well done and I can’t wait to see them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 04-29-2016 12:23 PM

wow, very nice! I love seeing blogs like this one!

-- Dennis Zongker

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