Re: [medievalsawdust] Re: Dovetails
- Re: Melencholia -
>Rumor has it that this print/woodcut has a 6 board chest joined withNope, 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
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.)
Furniture and Accessories
For the Medievalist!
- 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
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,