After successfully recreating the Playfair trade-balance time-series chart, I took up the second chart shown in Jorge's post which is fancifully titled, "Chart showing at one view the price of the quarter of wheat and Wages of Labour by the week from The year 1565 to 1821."
I left out the top arches. Comparatively, this was the easier chart. Staying true to Jorge' rules, I didn't use any shape or clipart objects in this chart. The big oval shaped object in the middle of the chart, which contains the title is actually a marker for a data point.
The original Playfair Wheat price and Wages chart from Wikipedia,
and underneath, is my version in Excel.