Style In Furniture

The "cabriole/' as employed in the "Queen-Anne," is often, and more frequently in the less expensive models, perfectly free from enrichment of any kind, the shaping alone being relied on for effect (see Figs, i and 4, Plate I.; Fig. 3, Plate II., and other examples) but the temptation to "touch it up a bit" here and there was altogether too strong to be resisted by the carver, who soon commenced to exercise his chisel upon it. He proceeded carefully at first, and contented himself by making the curve at the top of the leg terminate in a simple scroll, and imparting to the toe somewhat of the semblance of an animal's paw. But this did not satisfy him. The top was further enriched by an indication of the Dutch " shell," and the members of the paw became more distinct, as in Fig. 6, Plate III. Sometimes the "shell" itself, in its entirety, was carved boldly on the "knee," as in Fig. 4, Plate V. The thin end of the wedge—or I should rather say "of the chisel"—having thus been duly inserted, further elaboration naturally followed, till the "knees" became as ornate as in Fig. 6, Plate I.; Figs. 1, 2, and 4, Plate II.; Fig. 2, Plate III.; Figs. 3 and 4, Plate IV.; and Figs. 1, 2, and 6, Plate V. The claws, also, of the paw, instead of being drawn in and resting on the floor, were made to grip a ball or small sphere of wood, as in Figs. 2, 5, and 6, Plate I.; Fig. 2, Plate II.; Fig. 4, Plate IV.; and Figs. 1 and 2, Plate V. Occasionally the shape of the paw was omitted altogether, the leg terminating at the toe in a scroll more or less enriched, as in Fig. 3, Plate IV.; and in Fig. 6, Plate V., the scroll usually being raised very slightly from the floor by a small block or "cushion" of wood, as shown. There is one example among those presented which almost suggests to one's mind the idea that a late, straight-legged "Jacobean " type, jealous of the capers cut—"cabriole" is French for " caper "—by its newly-imported rivals, determined to put its own " best leg foremost" in order to see what it could achieve in the same direction. The attempt was praiseworthy, but

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