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
[Interior decoration, continued], pp. 37-40
Plate XIX ["style of Louis Quatorze"]-Plate XX ["Arabesque style"], pp. 40-Plate XX ff.
40 and introduce all the ancient practices without thought or consideration, are but little acquainted with the genius of the people, and consequently unable to draw a comparison between the state of society in their day and that which regulates modern usages. To such persons we should address ourselves in vain. Plate XIX. This is the elevation of a room, showing the fire-plate, in the fashionable style of Louis Quatorze. The ornaments may be carved in wood, or cast in some suitable composition, the latter being preferred as a saving of expense. In finishing rooms of this description, it is of the greatest importance that the harmony of colours should be preserved, which can only be done by an attention to the strength of the tints, for no union can exist when one colour overpowers the other. Plate XX. This design is the elevation of one side of a room in the Arabesque style. The centres of the panels are so arranged as to be easy of execution; and the same design is suitable for all, a variation being made in the centre vignette. The portraits of celebrated Romans, such as those of C~esar, Cicero, Seneca, Pliny, and Brutus, might be with propriety introduced. The whole of the work must be finished in the positive colours required for this peculiar style.
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