ever dreamed of departing, for each new authority, or soi-disant authority, to "run-down/' with all his might, the efforts of his predecessors and contemporaries, and, so far as lay within his power, cover them with ridicule, no matter how successful they may have proved nor how great their popularity.
In the introduction of the particular work with which we are at present occupied, for instance, we find it gravely set forth that: "The mutability of all things, but more especially of fashions, has rendered the labours of our predecessors in this line of little use ; nay, at this day, they can only tend to mislead those foreigners who seek a knowledge of English taste in the various articles of household furniture." That was sweeping enough, indeed. Poor old Chippendale ! Still, he has been avenged, and time has proved the futility of that wholesale condemnation couched in so superior a tone.
We must judge these men by their works and not their words ; and we must recognise to the full that Messrs. Heppelwhite & Co. undoubtedly did succeed in a remarkable degree in blending "elegance and utility." How they contrived to accomplish that task will become apparent upon a careful examination of the plates accompanying these notes, in conjunction with such explanatory remarks as I may be able to offer. And it may be as well here to emphasise the fact that the examples reproduced are, in every instance, absolutely authentic, having been taken direct from " The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer's Guide " itself; from which source they have been selected with the most scrupulous care, in order that they may convey an absolutely complete idea of the style which they represent.
At the outset I may say that, though Messrs. Heppel-white worked during the earlier years of their career almost contemporaneously with Chippendale, whose days were then rapidly drawing to a close, the style or styles founded by
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