10672Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re: dovetailing - was The Real Deal, on sale soon!
- Oct 18 9:36 AMI'm not very familiar with medieval furniture from south of the Alps. I haven't found much evidence for box-corner dovetail chests in Northern Europe before the 1480s, in spite of those Flemish altarpieces. I keep reading claims that Italians, or somebody along the Mediterranean, were making them earlier than that, but I have yet to see a photo or drawing of an example. Anybody have one to share?
Other kinds of dovetail joints were certainly in use earlier; for example, in timber-framing of buildings. It's the specific box-corner joint (which is, I think, a completely different animal than a sliding or lap dovetail) that seems to have sprung up around 1480.
julian wilson wrote:
it appears in Medn' Basin furniture of a considerably earlier date than 1545
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