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Rambles of an Archaeologist Among Old Books and in Old Places

Being Papers on Art, in Relation to Archaeology, Painting, Art-Decoration, and Art-Manufacture

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Published: 1871
Language: English
Wordcount: 51,551 / 160 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 49.9
LoC Category: CC
Downloads: 1,501
Added to site: 2008.08.28
mnybks.net#: 21899
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Essays, Art
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We give two small drawings of cabinet-handles in Figs. 14 and 15, part of the elaborate fittings of a piece of furniture which occupied the place of honour in the state-rooms of the wealthy, and upon which the art of the day was generally lavished with a most liberal hand. Ivory, ebony, and the rarest woods were employed in their construction, occasionally plaques of lapis lazuli, or coloured marbles, were used for the panels; ultimately the whole surface became an encrusted mosaic of figures, birds, and flowers, in coloured wood and stone, occasionally framed in the precious metals. The gorgeous taste of Louis Quatorze excited the fancy of the ébenistes of his court to the most costly invention. Furniture inlaid with engraved metal-work, or embossed with coloured stones, oppressed the sense of utility; and when tables, chairs, and picture-frames were made of silver, chased and overloaded with the scroll-work he so abundantly patronised, common sense seems to have yielded its place

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