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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?
Posted by Jane on August 3, 2011 Slideshow

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14 Comments

Jane
5:44 PM on August 5, 2011 
No problem, teaqueen, I'll email you.
teaqueen
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... teaqueen123@gmail.com
Jane
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!
DALE ROBERTSON
3:53 AM on August 5, 2011 
Definitely Westacre. Really good to find this in your neck of the woods.
Ysé
10:28 AM on August 4, 2011 
The little details are so exceptionally delicately painted... very artistic.
lallyp
7:19 AM on August 4, 2011 
This is sooo beautiful! Lucky find!
Jane
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...
Barbara
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.
Rosemary
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,
Jane
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!
Rosemary
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.
Jane
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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