Plate Li Highpost Bedstead


example of variation of proportion in studying a special problem. The thickness of the skirting, controlled by the depth of the drawer, is related pleasantly to the whole height of the piece. The decoration exhibits the typical methods and designs. The whorled carving and the acanthus leaves on the colonettes are similar to those in the pair of side tables, one of which is shown in Plate XXXVII.

Very similar to this is a man's dressing table not illustrated. Here the interior is fitted with a mirror and with compartments necessary for toilet articles and accessories. All of the interior cabinet work is beautifully done, the edges of the compartments reeded, and little boxes fitted into the divisions.

Two sofa tables (Plates XLII and XLIV) are superb examples of absolutely finished workmanship. The ends of one are supported upon a lyre, the ends of the other on coupled colonettes. The stretchers in both are beautiful and delicate; the veneering on the drawers and around the top is brilliantly contrasting; the edges are reeded and the drop leaves curved. These are both exceptional pieces. The lyre is much heavier than those in chairs, sofas, or tables. It is carved with acanthus and its edges are reeded.

These three types of table include a great number of variations both in design and decoration. They introduce many decorative motives unlike those on the sofas.

In all of these we see the careful finish of the construction which would ordinarily not be found in furniture of the period, and the introduction of the tiny details in veneered designs which are seen only upon careful examination. This careful finish bespeaks more than the qualities of a good workman; it marks the work of an artist-craftsman whose interest and love were in his work, and whose completely rounded training included both broad design and minute detail with complete technical adequacy.

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