are not English at all, but early Spanish or Italian ; yet they are not altogether out of place here, for they are types that were not unknown in the homes of the Elizabethan and Jacobean aristocracy, being imported from abroad by those who catered for the wants of the wealthier class of patrons, or else brought over by the patrons themselves. One is reputed to have been in the possession of Cardinal Wolsey, but that tradition calls for verification.
It would occupy too great time and space to trace here the growth of the " Flemish " of this period from the " Henri-D e u x," " L o u i s-Treize," " Louis-Quatorze," and also, in a certain measure, from the "Spanish"; but it may be observed that the under-part of Fig. 5, Plate VI., is clearly based on the " Louis-Quatorze," though the toes of the front legs are distinctly Spanish in form.
We might reasonably have expected that the close relationship which subsisted between France and England during the rule of the Stuarts would have inevitably resulted in the borrowing of many more ideas by the English cabinet maker
Late 44Jacobean" Arm-Chair
(Showing Flemish influence. Said to have been the property of Alexander Pope)
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