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 V-VI ["for the Italian style of residence"], pp. 12-[Plate VI] ff.
12 Plate V. Is an elevation, equally appropriate for the Italian style of residence; the effect will not be so handsome as the foregoing design, but it will be equally advan- tageous and more suited to a small villa, and less expensive. The ornaments in the accompanying plate are chiefly of this character, and can be either worked in relief, or painted in turpentine colour, and shaded in different tints after the usual manner. The former plan, ornamented in relief, would have the better effect, and would not be much more expensive. Parts of this ornament might be gilt, as well as the bead moulding which connects the four angle corners: this would considerably enrich the decoration. The scroll corner is an exceedingly classical and elegant ornament, and is to be found one among the few now remaining from antiquity. It was also much used by the ancient Romans, who derived their knowledge and their taste from the Greeks. Plate VI. In this engraving will be shown the detail of Plate V. an enlarged view of the corner, so as to give every facility to the workmen in the drawing out and enlarging the design. The upright mouldings must be faithfully found with a plumb line, as nothing is so annoying to the eye of an observer as a deviating line. Figure 1 is the corner, the chief merits of which have been fully noticed in our description of Plate V. Figure 2 is a different design, formed from the honeysuckle. This ornament is given in order to have a variety, or choice, in the selection of ornaments. Should the one in the large elevation not be approved, the corner figure 2 could be adopted.
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