that, when he entertained visitors, his wife might have had something better than that little porringer.
The " kidney-table/' so denominated by reason of the fact that " it resembles in form that intestine part of animals so called," must also come under the heading " Inventive Furniture," for the centre part is arranged to slide forward, and has a rising flap adjustable to almost any angle, u to answer the requirements of writing, or reading, or drawing." The whole of the mechanical arrangements are in this case, again, skilfully concealed when the table is closed, and occupy but a very small space in the interior. The " kidney " form is a most convenient one for writing at, as the two ends of the top, and the side drawers in the pedestals, are situated within easy reach.
Returning to productions in which mechanical ingenuity plays only a minor part—if any part at all—we will now deal with another piece of furniture designed to answer the requirements of the literarily inclined, that is to say, the " bureau bookcase," u escritoire," " secrétaire," or " secretary " as Sheraton preferred to call it. This designer does not appear, so far as we can judge, to have thought much of the simple, and even then old-fashioned, but nevertheless popular, bureau-bookcase form, which was so great a favourite with Heppelwhite and with Chippendale before him ; he did not deign to illustrate a single example of that particular type in his book, though doubtless many were made to his instructions. Possibly he deemed it too commonplace for one whose desire was that all his work should be marked by originality. Be the reason what it may, he confined his attention almost without exception—that is to say, so far as the illustrations in his book went—to much more elaborate creations, such as Figs. 5 and 6, Plate IV. ; and Fig. Plate V.
This complete disregard of a particular type which was so eminently useful in itself, and comparatively inexpensive
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