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Chinoiserie papier-mache chest
The antique dealer thinks this is English and 19th century. I thought there's a slight possibility it could be Westacre but since I've never seen any in the flesh, I'm just guessing. Any ideas?
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5:44 PM on August 5, 2011 
No problem, teaqueen, I'll email you.
12:26 PM on August 5, 2011 
Hi Jane...may I copy your photo for a Westacre article/booklet I'm developing? I don't have this piece and if you give me your last name I'd like to credit it to your collection. Thanks so much. You can email me if you'd like to...
5:12 AM on August 5, 2011 
Well, I'm astonished. I wonder how it found its way to NZ. The dealer told me that she only ever buys at auction, so this little piece has probably gone unrecognised for a long time.

Shame she didn't have any more, lol!
3:53 AM on August 5, 2011 
Definitely Westacre. Really good to find this in your neck of the woods.
10:28 AM on August 4, 2011 
The little details are so exceptionally delicately painted... very artistic.
7:19 AM on August 4, 2011 
This is sooo beautiful! Lucky find!
5:17 AM on August 4, 2011 
Barbara, please feel free. I had never even heard of Westacre before I came across this website and certainly never imagined I might own any... It is in two pieces and all the drawers open too...
4:40 AM on August 4, 2011 
Looks like Westacre to me Jane, correct sort of oriental gold painting, amazing piece, great find. Is it ok if I copy your photo for my Westacre file? (Green with envy!)
Rebecca Green
4:36 AM on August 4, 2011 
I don't know - Barbara has some black and gold Chinoiserie Westacre pieces, so she might be able to say.
3:21 AM on August 4, 2011 
I don't know a lot about Westacre but this certainly has the look. I missed your title of papier mache - I really must have my breakfast and wear my glasses before looking at photos, get the brain properly engaged,
2:14 AM on August 4, 2011 
Rosemary, it's papier mache and the bottom hind legs are collapsing a bit (and the odd bit keeps flaking off) but I fell in love with it too. I had a magnificent day but, as my friend Diana says, it'll be bread and dripping for dinner for the next month! I do actually feel very lucky, there's a mad big grin on my face whenever I think of how much fun I had in that tiny, crowded shop!
2:10 AM on August 4, 2011 
It's lovely. Is it made of card or wood? I have never seen anything like this before. You did have a good day.
1:43 AM on August 4, 2011 
No, Christine, it was from the same antique shop, Three Buckets Full. I had only been once before and I knew they carried antique dolls and buttons and laces etc but didn't realise she also had some dolls house furniture... She is a collector herself, I believe.
christine jaeger
1:37 AM on August 4, 2011 
nice find also... or was it in the house?

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