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 LIV-LV ["Greek style"], pp. 108-Plate LV ff.
108 Plate LIV. le of ornament as that in the 'efore be the same. The enrich- ef but it is more desirable that D E T A I L S. Plate LV. Figure 1. Is an enlarged drawing of half the ornament in the centre of the pilasters. Figure 2. Is half the angular and central ornament at the top of the pilaster. The enfoliated ornaments are very characteristic of the style to which they belong. We may here be allowed to remark, that the classical, or as it is sometimes called, the Greek style, is peculiarly adapted for the decoration of drawing-rooms of a moderate or limited size. The gorgeous and magnificent French mode should not, generally, be introduced in small apartments, or in those which are not furnished in the same character; for tjhey require a strict attention to the maintenance of the splendour which distinguishes them. The classical ornaments, on the other hand, may be suited to any modern furniture, and are much more consonant to the social habits and intercourse of the great mass of the British public, who require a cheerful and pleasing, but not a gorgeous style of decoration.
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