Style In Furniture

strong throughout. As regards the ornamental detail, there is not the least necessity for me to specify and particularise points of resemblance which are so apparent everywhere. It may be noted in passing that Sheraton's "conversation chair" (Fig. i, Plate II., "Sheraton"), though different in form from the French type shown in Fig. 4, Plate II., was undoubtedly based on an idea borrowed from the "Louis-Seize."

With regard to the peaceful symbolism of the " Louis-Seize " enrichment, I may briefly draw the reader's attention to the caduceus on the table legs, Fig. 2, Plate I.; Cupid's blossom-bedecked bow and sheaves of arrows in the mantelpiece on Plate II.; the arrows, garlands, ribands, and bunches of blossom surrounding the monogram of Marie-Antoinette in the chair-back, Fig. 3, Plate II.; Cupid's bow and the torch of Hymen, with " love-birds " above in the buffet, Plate II.; the shield, on the bed-end, wreathed with laurel, Fig. 4, Plate III., and many other details which will tell their own story of placid enjoyment, amorous dalliance, and the pursuit of pleasure generally.

The marquetry of the diaper class previously mentioned is represented in the table, Fig. 2, Plate III.; while the work of the fondeur-ciseleur plays an important part in the ormolu mounts of Fig. 2, Plate I.; of the buffet, Plate II.; Fig. 4, Plate III., Fig. 4, Plate IV., and Fig. 2, Plate V., in which last we have a slight departure from the perfectly straight turned leg, and a most delightful one withal. Delicate enriched brass mouldings and "galleries" were much in favour with the " Louis-Seize" cabinet maker, as indicated in a number of the types illustrated. In dealing with tables, smaller cabinets, buffets, etc., I must not omit to mention that alabaster, onyx, and the rarest marbles were very frequently employed for the tops—another feature of which Sheraton was not slow to make a note. Still further comparison may be instituted between the under-framing of the

' louls-sefee" detail. also three examples of the transitional type, in which the curvilinear element is still retained

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