The journal of design and manufactures
[Review of patterns:] miscellaneous, pp. 84-87
84 Review of Patterns: Miscellaneous. MISCELLANEOUS. CANDLEsrICy, in Ormolu, manufactured by Messenger. This is a bright-looking little object; and we are not, on the whole, dissatis- fied at its manifestly un-English character. It appears to have been sur-mouM, or borrowed from one of those little French the whole of the oddities which were upper half remind- so abundant in the ing us of the earlier latter days of Louis style, - while the the Fifteenth. The whole of the base, style of that period in the absence of was a curious one, shell and scroll- and had much in work, and the com- common with the parative angularity facile school of and severity of its Kent, the great forms, foreshadows architect of Queen 6) the subsequent de- Anne's time, who, velopement of con- with quick fancy ventionality. One and ready pencil, peculiarity in all designed everything, the French bronze from palaces to pet- and ormolu-work of ticoats. This French the period we de- style was peculiarly scribe, is the ex- one of transition, treme beauty of the intervening between chasing and finish- the rocaille charac- ing; all the leaves, ter of Louis Qua- and raffles of leaves, torze, the flimsy are drawn and un- oddities of the dercut with the early Louis Quinze greatest care, and details, and the yet freedom; and severely classical, we are happy to see which received its that, in this re- highest develope- spect, Mr. Messenger ment from the hands leaves very little for of Perci~r and La the most fastidious Fontaine, in the to complain of. But palmy days of the we should have been empire. The speci- better pleased to men we have now have seen the ad- under dissection ex- mirable executive hibits very clearly ability of Mr. Mes- the double influ- senger's manufac- ence, the quaint- tory employed upon ness of the "Cupi. an original than a dons," and indeed borrowed design.
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