hinged as usual. The tops of the pilasters are made to imitate the Ionic capital."
Were we disposed to adopt a hypercritical attitude, some slight exception might be taken to this sham construction— that is to say, to the "planting-on" of what should really be constructive details—but the deceit is really so very harmless in every respect, and the construction underlying it all is so honest and genuine, that we are inclined to withhold condemnation. Where such a course is pursued in order to hide faulty material, or scamped workmanship, the case is altogether different; but an act like that would never have been condoned by Sheraton, who preferred to follow in the footsteps of the traditional builders of Milan Cathedral, rather ^than to emulate the example of those responsible for the erection of that famous church in the States which was described as Ui Queen-Anne' in front, and 'Mary-Ann' behind."
To give Sheraton's detailed description of all the pieces illustrated here would occupy far too great space, and would be to little purpose, for most of the particulars given are of greater interest to the manufacturer than to the student, collector, or connoisseur, consisting as they do of technical details regarding construction. Those who desire to refer to them can easily turn to the original book, or to the facsimile reproduction of it, one or the other of which is available at most public libraries, as well as in not a few private ones.
Reference to Figs. 6 and 7, Plate IV.; and to Fig. 1, Plate I V., will show more fully still how fond Sheraton was of eniploying the vase as a finial in his pediments.
Turning to another important phase of this master's work, which we must consider at some length, we will examine one or two examples of what may be described as " Sheraton Inventive Furniture," and this is really worthy of more than Passing notice on account of the fact that it is endowed with
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