In fulfilment of my promise, given earlier in the chapter, to refer to eighteenth-century books other than those of Chippendale, Heppelwhite, and Sheraton, the following is a list which will, I am sure, be welcomed by a very large number of students. I may point out, too, that nearly all of them are to be found in the National Art Library at South Kensington.
"The Gentlemen's or Builder's Companion, containing variety of usefull Designs for Doors, Gateways, Peers, Pavilions, Temples, Chimney Pieces, Slab Tables, Pier Glasses, or Tabernacle Frames, Ceiling Pieces, etc." By William Jones, Architect. Published 1739. This contains a strange mixture of designs, from dignified architectural schemes of the heavy "Classic" order to caricatures of " Louis-Quinze " and " Louis-Seize " pier-tables ; together with a series of "Classic" mantels that are truly terrible. There are one or two mantels of a better type which may almost be regarded as early heralds of the coming of the "Adam " style ; while some of the mirror frames shown are on the lines of that illustrated on page 89 of this book,
" Some Designs of Mr. Inigo Jones and Mr. William Kent." • Published 1744. " Classic " mantels of the Palladian School; some attempts at designing on " Louis-Quatorze" lines—embracing an arm-chair, vases, urns, candle stands, dish covers, and ceilings; and a telling (!) illustration of " Merlin's Cave in the Royal Gardens at Richmond."
"A New Book of Ornaments, with Twelve Leaves"—it may be well to explain that it is the book which has the ''twelve leaves"—"consisting of Chimney Sconces, Tables, Spandle Pannels, Spring Clock Cases, and Stands." By M. Lock and H. Copland. Published 1752. Extreme Rococo throughout.
" A New Book of Ornaments." By Angelo Rosis, Florentine. Published 1753. Vigorous and florid Italian schemes for the interior decorator. Plump cupids, "feather-bed " clouds, heavy festoons and " swags," caryatides, atlantes, and the like.
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