Inlaid Mahogany Settee

6 it. 3 ins. wide x 3 ft. o ins. high from floor to top of back. 2 ft. oj in. deep outside. Date about 1780.

Figs. 191 and 192. "WINDOW STOOLS.'

1'late 19 in all editions of the Guide.

Figs. 191 and 192. "WINDOW STOOLS.'

1'late 19 in all editions of the Guide.

With Chippendale especially, upholstered chairs and settees were made to please the eye rather than to rest the body. The period when the sofa had reached its most luxurious limits was during the reign of William III., numerous examples of which were given in the first volume. With the reign of Anne, fashion veered in the direction of the double chair-back settee, and Chippendale found this form more suitable for the display of his invention than that o'f the "stuff-over" type, which permitted of little.scope for ornament. Hepplewhite solved the problem by the shaping of the back and arms and the turning of the front legs. He was the pioneer of the reeded leg encircled with a spiral ribbon, perhaps one of the prettiest fantasies ever devised in the history of English chair-making. The general taste of the period, however, appears to have been for simplicity of detail and quiet refinement of outline. The settee with " roll-over " arms.

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