the requirements of the less-monied portion of the community as well as for those of the wealthier classes, and when considering the demands of both, it is hard to decide which were the more exacting, and which the easier, to satisfy. In much, perhaps in most, of his work, considerations of price altogether prohibited him from indulging in those fantastic extravagances which his admiration for the French, and his flirtation with the Chinese, led him to commit in his productions when cost was not a great object.
By way of concluding my review of his work, therefore, I shall deal briefly with what we may term, for the sake of con-x venience, " Inexpensive Chippendale " ; and we shall see, when we examine it, that our "upholder" had amazingly little that was very fresh, or in any way striking, to offer his customers when he was forced by circumstances to fall back entirely upon his own originality. From the point of view of good taste, his least costly, and consequently plainest, furniture, strangely enough, must be regarded as by far his best. It is notably free from all extravagance and eccentricity, and is almost invariably characterised by excellence of proportion, and a refinement in such detail as there is, which are altogether charming and restful to the eye, and stand out in marked contrast with most of the creations already referred to on the preceding pages.
Some people may consider that in the foregoing paragraph, and perhaps in my remarks throughout this chapter, I have done this old master but scant justice. If such be the case, I am sorry, but I have endeavoured, to the best of my ability, to defend and justify the position I have taken up. Be that as it may ; in support of my contention as to his plainer furniture, I cannot do better than point to the clothes-press or wardrobe in the lower group on Plate I., the two chests on Plate III., the simpler of the two tables on Plate VI., the bookcase on Plate VII., the two bookcases and secrétaire 011 Plate IX., the chest on Plate X., and the two
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