University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture

Page View

Wharton, Edith (1862-1937); Codman Jr., Ogden (1863-1951) / The decoration of houses
(1898)

XI: gala rooms: ball-room, saloon, music-room, gallery,   pp. 134-144


Page 144

               The Decoration of Houses
'44
decorated with flower-garlands and arabesques painted either on
the natural wood or on a gilt or colored background.
  Designers  should also study the  lines of those two long-
neglected pieces of furniture, the music-stool and music-stand.
The latter should be designed to match the piano, and painted
or inlaid like its case.  The  revolving mushroom that now
serves as a music-stool is a modern invention: the old stools were
substantial circular seats resting on four fluted legs.  The manuals
of the eighteenth-century cabinet-makers contain countless models
of these piano-seats, which might well be reproduced by modern
designers: there seems no practical reason why the accessories of
the piano should be less decorative than those of the harpsichord.


Go up to Top of Page