Arrowsmith, Henry William / The house decorator and painter's guide; containing a series of designs for decorating apartments, suited to the various styles of architecture
Plate XLIV-XLV ["Pompeiian style"], pp. 88-Plate XLV ff.
88 Plate XLIV. This is a design for a room in the Pompeian style. A full description of this mode of decoration has been given in the body of the work, and it is not therefore necessary to make any remarks upon its general characters in this place. The strong contrast of colour so remarkable in all the specimens of ancient decoration, and for the propriety of which a good reason can be assigned, "has been avoided in this design, as unnecessary in modern dwellings. A sufficient strength, however, has been given to the purple (a colour highly esteemed by the Romans, as the emblem of royalty and power) and gold, to give the necessary effect. The looking-glass and chimney-piece are modern additions, but indispensable to the comfort of an English drawing-room. DETAI LS. Plate XLV. As this class of ornament cannot be prepared without great attention, it has been thought necessary for the execution of the preceding design, to give the several parts more fully than usual. Figure 1. Is an enlarged view of the upper portion of the looking- glass frame. Figure 2. Is a view of the caryatides of the looking-glass frame. Figure 3. Is an enlarged view of a portion of the side and top of the panel ornament.
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