very shape, however, which cannot be departed from in any essential particular, the case of the u Grandfather's" clock affords splendid opportunities for surface decoration, and it is here that the marquetry cutter and decorative painter are able to demonstrate their skill to the full. To enrich the large spaces of the front by means of carving would prove to be altogether too costly a business, save under the most exceptional circumstances.
This was quite evident to Sheraton, who, when he had conceived as graceful a general form as he could, and introduced as much turning and carving as commercial considerations would permit, filled the panels with the daintiest schemes capable of being rendered in veneers, or by the brush. That he was most successful in this as in other directions is indicated by the two examples portrayed in Figs. 2 and 3, Plate VIII.; the contour and enrichment of both are in every way worthy of the high reputation of their designer. It is impossible to accord them greater praise.
I might continue to illustrate, and comment upon, example after example of " Sheraton but ample has been written and shown to convey a complete and absolutely correct impression of what the style under all its aspects really is; and the further multiplication of words and illustrations would serve no good purpose.
I must not, however, leave the consideration of "The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book" without brief reference to the first part of that work, upon which I have up to the present commented but little. It was Sheraton's contention that every designer and maker of furniture should possess a thorough knowledge of geometry, perspective, and the " Five Orders"; he, therefore, devoted nearly three hundred pages of his great work to those subjects, discoursing upon them to his heart's content, and, at the same time, lamenting the fact that few of his predecessors had adopted a similar course, and blaming them for not doing so.
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