to rise or disappear automatically at will; sinking into the well beneath when not required for writing purposes, and so leaving the space free for breakfast, or any other object which a table serves. In the making-up of this article, Sheraton preferred to use mahogany, relieved by enrichment of inlay of flowing floral design, executed in variously-coloured woods.
Further practical demonstrations of this designer's rare ingenuity are illustrated in the lady's writing-table, Fig. 4, Plate IV.; and a simpler piece for the same purpose, Fig. 10, Plate V.; the study, or library, writing-table, Fig. 7, Plate V.; dressing-table, Fig. 3. Plate VII.; dressing-chest, Fig. 1, Plate VII.; and drawing-table, Fig. 2, Plate IX.
Of Fig. 4, Plate IV.—admittedly "after the French"— Sheraton says: "The convenience of this table is, that a lady, when writing at it, may receive both the benefit of the fire, and have her face screened from its scorching heat. The style of finishing them is neat and rather elegant. They are frequently made of satinwood, cross-banded, japanned, and the top lined with green leather. . . . Observe, that in the side boxes the ink-drawer is on the right, and the pen-drawer on the left. These both fly out of themselves, by the force of a common spring, when the knob on which the candle branch is fixed is pressed. . . . Observe a patera " (a-circular piece of wood) "in the centre of the back, amidst the ornament. This patera communicates to a spring . . . which keeps down the screen . . . and by touching . . . the spring is relieved, and weights send up the screen. . . . There is a drawer under the top, which extends the whole of the space between the legs." The rest of the description is purely technical. The small "screen-table," Fig. 10, Plate V., is a simpler application of the same contrivance as regards the screen, which is so fitted that, when down, its presence is not apparent, the top edge of the frame forming part of the design which enriches the table top itself.
Figure 7, Plate V., is a library table, with a drawer at each
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