The louisquinze

embonpoint " and " pliancy of the snake/' But as time went on, the curves became more and more accentuated, and graceful shaping, whose very subtlety was its great charm, gave way to more pronounced and somewhat vulgar emphasis, and a superabundance of meaningless elaboration— as in the pier-table, Fig. 5, Plate III. (with which may be compared Fig. 4, Plate VIII., and the table on Plate IX., "Chippendale"), and the pier-table, Fig. 4, Plate IV., which, however, is not quite so extravagant an example. Keeping Fig. 5, Plate III., in mind, the reader may well turn to the chapter on "Chippendale," and note the corners of the lower part of the larger press or wardrobe, Plate I.; the legs of the chairs, Plate III.; the chair-legs and screen, Plate IV.; the lower secrétaire, Plate V. ; the lower arm-chair, Plate IX. ; and other pieces dotted about here and there which it is not needful to particularise, for the nearness of the relationship is too apparent to need emphasising. This is particularly noticeable when we examine the chairs shown on the accompanying plates. The legs, in many cases, are almost identical, and as the French models were earlier in the field, there can be no question as to the source from which Chippendale secured his inspiration. All the chairs illustrated here are perfectly typical " Louis-Quinze," though the sofa, or settee, Fig. 1, Plate II., is a late example, almost verging upon the " Louis-Seize." Figs. 1 and 2, Plate III., are more or less modern renderings. The frames of "Louis-Quinze" chairs were almost invariably gilded in every part, or painted in the most delicate tones of white, cream, blue, or green, and touched up with gold ; the colouring, where colour was employed, being of so light a shade as to be hardly distinguishable. The coverings were of figured silk, chiefly from Lyons ; brocades, choice embroideries, or tapestries from Gobelins, Beauvais, or Au-busson. The designs woven into these latter were usually free and floral in character, as in Fig. 2, Plate I.; Figs. 1, 3, ar*d 5, Plate II. ; Figs. 1 and 3, Plate III. ; and Figs. 1 and 3,

0 0

Post a comment