Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re: dovetailing - was The Real Deal, on sale soon!
Sure looks like dovetail joinery to me! I've seen (and photographed) a very similar chest - thick boards, dovetail corner joinery, plain iron strapping - in Avignon, where it was assigned to the 15th c. I wonder on what basis these coffers are dated? I'm particularly interested in the XIVc attribution for the Alsace coffer, as that would be considerably earlier than any other dovetailed chest I've seen.
Rhys Terafan Greydragon wrote:Greetings unto Julian and Colin from Terafan,I have a photo of a (supposedly) 14th century chest from the Alsace region of Switzerland/France that shows something like dovetailing. The last chest on the page http://www.greydragon.org/furniture/oeuvre.htmlMaybe those aren't really doevtails, but I am curious now what they are...
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I'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