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 III-IV ["Greek style"], pp. 8-[Plate IV] ff.
8 Plate III. Is an elevation in the usually known and technically called the Greek style of decoration. The ornaments are mostly selected from the vestiges now to be found among the Attic remains, and adapted to modern purposes. We cannot positively determine the precise mode of decoration employed by the ancient Greeks; but sufficient authority is found in the poetical works of the Greek authors to inform us that colours and ornamental devices were fre- quently used. This style has had, and still continues to have numerous admirers; its simplicity and elegance form its principal attractions, while the mechanical dexterity necessary in executing it is not very much required, and the facilities afforded by the variety of ornaments already manufactured, will easily allow of the introduction of lighter or bolder ornament, as may be desired. The uniformity of design in the frame of the looking-glass with the panels, should be noticed as exceedingly necessary in a style depending for its merits upon simplicity; a remark of some importance, when want of knowledge upon this subject often leads parties to mix indiscriminately the various styles, thus destroying the peculiar and decided character of each. The looking-glass in this design should be in a gilt frame; the ornaments may be carried out in papier mache or composition; and the panels and stiles may be picked out in various tints or strong colours. Plate IV. Contains the details of the foregoing plate. Figure 1. Is the corner of the panels enlarged. Figure 2. Is the cornice ornament. Figure 3. Centre of the panel.
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