inspiration was purely Classic Greek, their ornamentation being the honeysuckle pattern, the ram's heads holding the wreath, the urn, and other unchanged Greek patterns, pure and delicate as well as beautiful, but not original in any way, except in their application to furniture.
The small makers must have been many, but their names have not come down to us, except in the case of Mainwaring, Copeland, Lock, Johnson, Ince, and Mayhew, whose names have been recorded mainly through the fact that they are appended to signed plates of designs published in various books, or in catalogues of designs for cabinet-making.
The idea of publishing a book of designs for woodwork and interior decoration appears to have been first conceived, or at any rate, first put into practice, by a certain W. Jones, who published such a book in 1737, which was followed in 1744 by the plates of Inigo Jones, and Kent, and in 1746 by those of Copeland. But these are, strictly speaking, architectural, and deal little with furniture in its ordinary sense. The first comprehensive book of designs for chairs, tables, cabinets, etc., was published by Thomas Chippendale
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