Adam

or "husks." Acanthus scrolls and chimerical creatures also are characteristic of the style (see the mantel illustrated), but the foliations are of the lighter, almost wiry, description, rather than of the heavier " Roman" school; while the creatures themselves generally look as if they would be none the worse for a good hearty meal.

Another typical feature is the " fan," disposed either in an oval, or employed to enrich corner spaces in the form of a spandril—" spandle " it was often styled in those old times. The " flute," both plain and " stopped," is of frequent occurrence; garlands and wreaths are plentiful, and it is not at all uncommon to find Wedgwood " Jasper" medallions framed-in amidst such enrichment. "But," the reader may exclaim, "most of the details enumerated are to be found in ' Sheraton/ " Precisely so, and it naturally follows that " Sheraton," and even " Heppelwhite," furniture is the very thing to accord with "Adam" decoration. The grand piano designed by the brothers Adam, which is illustrated herewith, can hardly be described as a triumph from the furniture designer's point of view; but the design was published in the Adams' book, and so finds a place here.

There can be no doubt at all that there is a certain delicate charm associated with the best phases of the " Adam " style; but we are never impressed by it, and in its presence we are more than a little tempted to fall into the phraseology of the ladies' penny paper, and exclaim " How sweetly pretty 1"

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