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...