Mahogany Settee

6 ft. 6 ins. wide ■ 2 ft. to ins. high rum floor to top of back. I ft. SJ ins. extreme depth ot seat, i ft. 5J ins. height of seat from floor. Date 1795-1800.

had also gone out of fashion. This example has the appearance of having been specially made, probably for an invalid. It is specifically a bed, as distinct from a couch, the framing being boxed to contain an upholstered mattress. The back is carved and balustered in the manner of 1790-1800.

Figs. 351 and 352 illustrate a departure from the backs of Figs. 348 and 349 in the shaping of the centre of the top rail. The stretcher rails uniting the legs are also very unusual in chairs of the Sheraton period, although this was a detail governed by the personal predilection of the chair-maker. It has probably been noticed that of Sheraton's designs of chairs in the Drawing Book very few show the chair complete, Sheraton evidently considering that the back was the only important part demanding illustration. In Figs. 351 and 352 the cresting of the outer uprights of the back and the second and fourth balusters with water-leaf capitals is a characteristic detail of this period.

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