Chippendale, Thomas (1718-1779) / The gentleman and cabinet-maker's director: being a large collection of the most elegant and useful designs of household furniture in the Gothic, Chinese and modern taste.
The preface, pp. iii-vi
[ iii ] THE PREFACE. OF all the ARTS which are either improved or ornamented by Architecture, that of CABINET-MAKING is not only the mosr useful and ornamental, but capable of receiving as great assistance from it as any whatever. I have therefore prefixed to the following designs a short explanation of the five Orders. Without an acquaintance with this sciencw, and some knowledge of the rules of Perspective, the Cabinet-maker cannot make the designs of his work intelligible, nor shew, in a little compass, the whole conduct and effect of the piece. These, therefore, ought to be carefully studied by every one who would excel in this branch, since they are the very soul and basis of his art. THE Title-Page has already called the following work, The Genleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, as being calculated to assist the one in the choice, and the other in the execution of the designs ; which are so contrived, that if no one drawing should singly answer the Gentleman's taste, there will yet be found a variety of hints sufficient to construct a new one. 4 a IHAVE
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