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King And Subject Oil Paintings

There is no reason for simplifying or abating the splendor of the drawing-room but the insufficiency of one's purse. Whatever of light, airy elegance and beauty is within the power of the furnishers of the house should be lavished on it. Solid wealth and comfort belong to the dining-room, but as soft and gay a beauty is demanded for the other as can be imagined and procured. Even were it not for the desired warmth and substantiality of the deep tints in the dining-room, yet the use and nature...

In The Dark Ages

THE furniture of the Dark Ages, such as it was, was made upon.tradition of the old Roman joinery, save where, here and there, some germ of the Gothic thought started and fitted the article exactly to its use, however rude the construction. It was doubtless adapted to the con ditions of life in the stone fastnesses which were made not for pleasure* but to resist attack, and life within which was only an affair of time between battles. The one great hall served for every use. The family lived...

The Mirror And Glass

A WATER-COLOR of Alma Tadema's in the Centennial Exposition represented the former wife of one of the Merovingian kings sitting at her lattice, while the new wife, in the group without, receives the rite of baptism sitting at her lattice, and contemplating the beauty that has been discarded, in a hand-mirror. It is this hand-mirror, round and small, and with a handle, that was the only glass of the Middle Ages. And this was bequeathed to that period by the periods long past, many specimens of...

The Queen Anne

Sir William Chambers Furniture Images

SO far as the Queen Anne style belongs to the past at all, it belongs to the reigns before and after Queen Anne as much as to her own brief reign. Anne was peculiarly English, says her historian and thus full many works of genius and renown, though they may have been commenced under William or continued under George, are taken by the world to be centred in her reign. It was certainly, let it belong to whose reign it may, a great departure from the fashions of the court of James II., an example...