to reproduce, though the exact reproduction of all other, even the finest furniture, is, I know, possible for a consideration. Perhaps some people will be sorry to hear that absolutely indistinguishable reproductions can be made; I am most glad. I should like immediately to order the most perfect possible reproductions to be put in hand, so that when finished they might be placed in different buildings, far away from the originals, in order that, at any rate, the copies should remain, in case the regrettable accident of fire or a falling house should destroy the originals. I do not hanker after the pleasure of possessing a unique thing, but this does not mean that I have not a unique thing in my possession ! It means that to possess the only one of its kind of anything, especially of a beautiful thing, fills me with something of alarm and a sense of responsibility towards my fellows, which I should be freed from could I commission the production of a duplicate. Therefore I am glad to know that the reproduction of them is possible.

To return to the work of Sheraton. Not only was his furniture exquisite in form, in shape, in colour, and in decoration as to the outside, but it was also full of neat

LIGHT-COLOURED MAHOGANY CHEST OF DRAWERS. Sheraton. {In the possession of F. Fenn, Esq.) This chest of drawers contains elaborate dressing-table and writing-table fittings.

Plate L

Plate LI

Plate L

Plate LI

DRESSING TABLE OF MAHOGANY, inlaid with satinwood bands. XVIII century. This table opens at the top and discloses a looking-glass (on hinges), and the usual compartments made of cedar wood.

ENCLOSED WASHSTAND OF MAHOGANY, inlaid with satinwood bands. Late XVIII century. One of the many forms of enclosed washstands common at this period.

contrivances in the inside, carefully planned with much ingenuity, to add to the comfort of the owners without spoiling the appearance of the object.

He did not really invent the idea of his famous drawing- or writing-table, for the club-footed oak table (of which an illustration is given on Plate 15), was made many years before he was born, and its plan is much the same except for the side slides, which are a clever addition. Neither did he, I think, invent the enclosed washstand and more elaborate shaving tables, with their collapsible toilet-glasses, though of this we cannot be sure. But to him is due entirely the invention of the screen-table, which is both so elegant and so practical that one wonders why it has not continued to be made down to the present time, as another of his inventions—namely, folding library steps—has taken a permanent place in domestic furniture. One of the neatest of his contrivances was for the toilette-table, and consisted of a mirror swung on pivots in the doors of the upper part of the table, held in position by a spring when the door was to be closed. This mirror could be adjusted to any angle when released by touching the button attached to the spring,

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