Seasons Greetings from Furniture and Woodwork

Snow brings the snowman, not the other way round. Snow also brings eye injuries, excuses from railway companies and, most importantly, sledging. Behold this festive transport, replete with carved lion and child, and imagine flying out of it, pink-faced and giggling, catching on a stone at the bottom of a gentle hill covered in barely an inch of snow in a suburban park. It’s Christmas card stuff.

 

It’s currently on long-term loan to the Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages in Maidstone, Kent, if you’re looking for inspiration for next year’s round of ceaseless named shopping days.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sledge; carved, painted and gilded; Netherlands, 1740-1800 (museum no. 980-1883) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Sledge; carved, painted and gilded; Netherlands, 1740-1800 (museum no. 980-1883) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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