Style In Furniture

possess were far greater than those with which his predecessors had been forced to rest content. It is more than probable that Chippendale was responsible for the introduction of some of these novelties—for they were novelties then —and it is only proper, therefore, that a few of his designs for them should be included among our typical studies. Two clock-cases of the " Grandfather " type, and two smaller ones, for the table or mantelpiece, thoroughly characteristic as regards both form and detail, are shown on Plate II., together with an extravagant girandole on French lines, to which reference has previously been made. A neat and sensible little hanging bookcase or medicine cupboard appears on Plate III., and another of a similar type on Plate IV.; " Pole" and u Horse " screens on Plates IV. and IX.; a small wall-bracket and pedestals on Plates V., VII., and X.; two tea caddies on Plates VI. and VII., and other small pieces dotted about here and there on the remaining plates, may be taken as examples of the class of fancy furniture to which I refer. None of these requires lengthy description, as all are types in every particular

of one or the other of the four distinct phases of " Chippendale" which have been exhaustively dealt with in the preceding pages.

It is one thing to examine articles of furniture individually and separately, and often quite another to see them grouped together in a room, with a proper decorative setting of wall hangings, carpet, window draperies, and other accessories, so as to form one harmonious and consistent whole. A completely adequate conception of their true and full merit, not as individual pieces but as actual " furnishings "—that is to say, adjuncts to something else, integral parts of a complete scheme—is to be gained only by having these household gods grouped together in a room for our inspection. Bearing this in mind, in the consideration of each style I have made a special point of illustrating complete interiors, thoroughly representative in every way of the

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