Style In Furniture

peacockā€”a motif favoured by decorative artists of all ages. So far so good. But in what material was this design rendered ? In nothing more nor less than iron gas pipes /

As I have already indicated, the " New-Art" designer cannot always entirely forget his old loves, and in the settee which appears on the next page we have another " Louis-Quinze" frame in a naturalesque, or "New-Art," dress. This piece, in most of its detail, recalls strongly much of the so-called " rustic " furniture usually relegated to lawns, " back gardens," and summer houses. Designed, as it is here, for the adornment of the salon or drawing-room, it appears resplendent in all the iridescent glories of yellow, green and blue bronzes, the effect of which is, to say the least, certainly unique. The next illustration, which appears on p. 310, represents a seat which, on the authority of one of the leading houses in Paris, is in " L'Art Nouveau" ; but let it speak for itself.

Of less unusual modern productions which the French include under the heading " L'Art Nouveau," I might illustrate many, but they would be simply adaptations, if not actual copies, of English " Quaint" designs such as I have dealt with in another chapter ; for the French, in their anxiety to get away from their own time-honoured modes, have cast more than a passing glance at the work of the British designer, and have not hesitated to take many a leaf out of his book. We surely can offer no objection to their doing so, when we call to mind what we owe to them for inspiration afforded in the past.

There remains one more feature of this " New Art" upon which I must touch before leaving the subject; the innovations brought about in the matter of colouring. In this as in other directions long-accepted notions have been utterly upset, and colours which it was once generally supposed could never possibly be made to harmonise are now brought into juxtaposition with a result altogether charming.

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