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
vi The PREFACE. whose applause I should esteem my greatest honour, and whose cor- rection I shall ever be proud to improve by. UPON the whole, I have here given no design but what may be executed with advantage by the hands of a skillful workman, tho' some of the profession have been diligent enough to represent them (especially those after the Gothic and Chinese manner) as so many specious drawings, impossible to be work'd off by any mechanic whatsoever. I will not scruple to attribute this to malice, ignorance and inability: And I am confident I can convince all Noblemen, Gentlemen, or others, who will honour me with their commands, that every design in the book can be improved, both as to beauty and enrichment, in the execution of it, by Their Most Obedient Servent. St. MARTIN's-LANE MARCH 23, 1754. Thomas Chippendale. COLLIGIT UT SPARGAT THE
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