Hand painted and Gilded Blanket Chest


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An empty gramophone box found at a local auction, that had two small doors either side of the central panel, which someone had screwed shut. 

I stripped the old treacle like varnish from the oak, sanded and cleaned it up and then set about thinking about the design. I liked the shape of it, reminding me vaguely of a Chinese pagoda but also felt it had a strong Arts & Crafts feel to it so was led by these things as I began to think about suitable decoration.

It was partly because I wanted to practise my gilding skills and had never made my own gesso or gilded a flat panel that I ended up using 24crt gold leaf to gilded gesso panels on the front of the chest. The bamboo-esque pattern, hand painted using coach lining brushes in a deep inky blue, was inspired by a vintage John Lines wallpaper pattern I’d seen in the wallpaper archive at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. It seemed to work so well with the style and shape of the box. 


I’m thrilled to say I delivered this to its new home, the most fantastic and huge Arts & Crafts villa between Bakewell and Sheffield. Full of really stunning almost museum-type pieces of original Arts & Crafts furniture, this was to sit amongst it and was to be used as a bedside table.