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The craftsman
Vol. IV, No. 5 (August 1903)

An artistic use of white holly,   pp. 369-370 PDF (476.7 KB)


Page 369


An Artistic Use of White Holly
THE exquisite cabinet seen in the accompanying illustra-
          tions was made in England after the design of Voysey,
          well known in this country through his work in the Inter-
          national Studio. It was imported by Mr. Gustav Stick-
          ley, and shown in the Arts and Crafts Exhibition which
was held in March last, in the Craftsman Building, Syracuse,
N. Y. Its material is white holly, with a surface polish so fine and
smooth as almost to equal an enamel.
    The form is of extreme simplicity; the slowly approaching
lines of the sides giving interest to the little structure; the project-
ing top and midway division adding shadow and character to what
were otherwise a too unified surface.
    The upper division or story of the piece, as will be seen from
LIIe 111 US[raILioIIs,  is *
decorated on all four
sides with a curious
inlay, which to be
appreciated, needs to
be  actually  exam-
ined. The inlay, with
the exception of the
lettering at the back,
occupies only the up-
per half of the sec-
ond division and thus
strengthens the hori-
zontal line-element
of the construction,
since the peculiar po-
sition of the orna-
ment and its well-de-
fined base line force
it into prominence,
without making it in
the least aggressive. The first scene is worked out wholly in black:
consisting of two trees bare of foliage, but with swelling leaf-buds,
and beneath each three ravens studied from the life. The birds arc
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