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  • Tim Bray
    Re: Melencholia - ... Nope, no chest in this engraving. The chief objects of interest here (to us) are the plane, the dividers, an interesting form of the
    Message 1 of 46 , Sep 6, 2003
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      Re: Melencholia -

      >Rumor has it that this print/woodcut has a 6 board chest joined with
      >dovetails.

      Nope, no chest in this engraving. The chief objects of interest here (to
      us) are the plane, the dividers, an interesting form of the square, and a
      straightedge.

      However, dovetails do appear in several other Durer works. This is hardly
      surprising, as 1) he had spent considerable time in Italy, and 2) dovetail
      joinery was already well known in south Germany at the time.

      (An aside: the "6-board chest" usually means "boarded" construction, not
      dovetailed. The principal distinction is that the end-pieces on a boarded
      chest are oriented grain-vertical, and extend downward to raise the chest
      off the floor. Renaissance dovetailed chests were usually raised off the
      floor by a separately-constructed plinth, usually also dovetailed.)

      Cheers,
      Colin


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    • Beth and Bob Matney
      I am interested in locating some details (including images) as to the construction of the St. Paulinus (died 358AD) Trèves (transferred 395AD) coffin joined
      Message 46 of 46 , Jun 17, 2009
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        I am interested in locating some details
        (including images) as to the construction of the
        St. Paulinus (died 358AD) Trèves (transferred
        395AD) coffin "joined by means of dovetailing".
        As the wood is described as 'cedar', there is
        some question as to where the coffin was made.

        From page 219,
        Battiscombe, C. F. The Relics of Saint Cuthbert; Studies by Various
        Authors. Oxford: Printed for the Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral
        at the University Press, 1956. OCLC 4071903
        http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/4071903

        footnotes 10/11 refer to detailed accounts of the
        coffin in Bonner Jahrbücher vol. lxxvii, 1884,
        pp. 238 ff; vol. lxxviii, 1884 pp. 173

        Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Bonn, and Rhine
        Province (Germany). Bonner Jahrbücher. 1842.
        ISSN:0067-9976 OCLC Number: 3459165 or OCLC
        Number: 213803943 microfilm, OCLC Number: 297237884 eJournal

        If anyone has seen the coffin or the journal
        articles referenced above (or preferably a more
        recent analysis in English), please post the
        information. It would be most appreciated,

        Thank you.
        Beth Matney
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