so far as cost of manufacture was concerned, is a curious and interesting point; and one, withal, that should not be lost sight of, if only for the reason that it marks most distinctly another direction in which a line may be drawn between true " Heppelwhite99 and "Sheraton."
In addition to his more ambitious " secretarys," for serious work, this designer, as has already been indicated, devoted considerable attention to the provision of smaller, and altogether daintier, articles, designed for the use of ladies wishing to transact their correspondence with some measure of privacy and comfort; and we will now notice one or two of these.
Figure 11, Plate V., is a compact and graceful little writing-table, "made for the convenience of moving from one room to another "; a handle is therefore duly provided on the upper shelf, as shown in the drawing. In the door is a slider to write on, and on the right hand of it ink, sand99 (blotting paper was not common then), " and pens."
Figure 1, Plate VI., represents a "lady's secretary," to be made in " black rosewood and tulip cross-banding, together with brass mouldings, which produce a fine effect. The upper shelf is intended to be marble, supported with brass pillars, and a brass ornamental rim round the top. The lower part may be fitted up in drawers on one side, and the other with a shelf to hold a lady's hat." More thought for the wants of the women folk !
The "cylinder desk and bookcase," Fig. 2, Plate VI., is rather more ambitious in character, and is not dedicated to the fair sex, though I think that Sheraton must have had the boudoir or drawing-room in mind when he designed it, for it was to be "made of satinwood, cross banded, and varnished . . . green silk fluting behind the glass . . . drapery put on at the top, ... the ornament in the diamond part" (in the centre of the doors) "to be carved and gilt, laid on to some sort of silk ground. . . . The rim round the top . . . to be brass."
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