The Corner Blocks Are Carved With The Prince Of Wales Feathers

CARD TABLE, SHERATON INFLUENCE PLATE XX. CARD TABLE, SHERATON INFLUENCE and consistency of scale. The most valid criticism of much of the Adam work is levelled against the rather unimaginative and dry quality which results from this method of design creation. Adam, as has been said, was not a cabinet-maker, and his designs were, perforce, carried out by workmen over whom he exercised some control. But at the hands of actual cabinet-makers, the type of furniture design begun by Adam...

The Distinctive Quality Of Duncan Phyfe

The distinctive quality of Duncan Phyfe, like that of the great eighteenth-century cabinet-makers, results from the combination of a number of elements which are treated in ways characteristic of his methods of design and execution. To arrive at a full appreciation of his work it is necessary to analyze the elements of his style, determining just what are their origins and how his use of them records his personal treatment in which his affection for his work and the consistency of his taste...

Plate Xxvi Sewing Stand The Silk Bag Is Missing

The work of Phyfe, judged by the standards applicable to distinguished utilitarian art of all times, may be divided into four groups. The first and second of these, which include the work showing Hepplewhite and Sheraton influence and that in which the Sheraton and Directoire influences join, we may consider as a legitimate part of the history of furniture design. The second and third groups of the later American Empire furniture and of the black walnut Butcher furniture need not be considered...

Plate X L I Extension Diningtable

The type of chair which is earliest in style, if not in point of date, is that in which the Sheraton influence is strongest. This type has the horseshoe-shaped seat, with two straight reeded legs in front and with back legs gently curved, continuing the line of the back posts. In this type, the known variations are as follows The horseshoe seat is reeded as are the back posts, the crossbars of the back, and the front legs which terminate in small brass lions' feet below the characteristic...

Plate Li Cheval Glass

Large urn-shaped member as i s predominating feature. The urn is sometimes plain, more often carved with acanthus or reeded. The base moulding about the urn is frequently carved. Another of these turned shafts Plate XXXVI is undecorated except for a broad reeded drum near its base. The legs three or four are either carved with acanthus and reeding on their top surfaces or are moulded. The feet are lion's paws, usually brass, although sometimes of wood. The tables with this form of base include...

The End Of Knickerbocker New York

Knickerbocker New York is gone In the tall canyons of lower Manhattan, few are the landmarks which recall to us the little city whose more fashionable citizens drove on bright spring afternoons to the pleasant country suburb of Greenwich Village, doubtless relieved, good horsemen as they were, that the hard paving of Broadway stopped at City Hall The residences of people of fashion were then found on the Battery, while of the highest respectability were lower Broadway, upper Pearl and Nassau...