Style In Furniture

events, no " Chippendale " extravagances there in the way of Pagoda-cum-Rococo.

We may, therefore, overlook these occasional divergences from the straight path, seeing that we have such overwhelming evidence of previous " good character " ; and we may be permitted even to express surprise that, with a brain so phenomenally active, fertile, and imaginative, such lapses were not far more numerous. Their absence proves conclusively that Sheraton did not regard the designing of household furniture as an art which anyone could take up with success on the spur of the moment; he understood that a long and special training was essential It was here that his early and thorough drilling at the bench stood him in good stead ; but that alone did not satisfy him. He determined to master geometry, perspective, drawing, and the principles of design, himself pursuing the same course that he recommended to others. What was the result of it all ? Simply that he became an authority in matters appertaining to the beautification of the home whom few in this or any other country have equalled.

Now that we have completed our study of the work of the three greatest eighteenth-century English designers of our household gods—Chippendale, Heppelwhite, and Sheraton—and seen the part which each played in raising our national furniture to the pitch of excellence it had attained when the nineteenth century dawned, let us reconsider briefly the claim put forward, not by one advocate alone, but by many, that the period which elapsed between the years 1750 and 1800 should be regarded as "the Chippendale Period," and that everything produced during that time should come under the one generic title " Chippendale.'' I hardly think that it is necessary for me to write much more upon that point Earlier in the book I have protested, with all the emphasis in my power, against the perpetuation of any such absurd and unjust view ; but mere protest cannot be of much avail unless supported by ample proof to justify it. I have, there-


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