Art Decoration Applied to Furniture

Art Decoration Applied to Furniture

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ... he could not express his determination better than by furnishing his villa in the Pompeian. But such as the art was in its clay, "it made its way everywhere," says a brilliant writer; "it illuminated, it gladdened, it perfumed everything. It did not stand either outside of or above ordinary life; it was the soul and the delight of life; in a word, it penetrated it, and was penetrated by it--it lived/" It was a wonderfully rich and attractive scheme of household decoration--the scheme of one who with his art indulged his senses, and not his soul--if he had one. Walls, ceiling, floor, and'furniture, all had part in it. Panels were ornamented with varied frames, then with cornices, afterward with plinths, till at last the facade of a temple or palace was presented on the walls by means of them and their pilasters, the whole painted in strong colors, so that the luxurious citizen not only lived in a palace, but saw extensions of palaces on his every side. "These mural decorations were," says the writer quoted above, "a feast for the eyes, and are so still. They divided the walls into five or six panels, developing themselves between a socle" (a socle answers for a pedestal, but is without base or cornice) "and a frieze; the socle being deeper, the frieze clearer in tint, the interspace of a more vivid red and yellow, for instance, while the frieze was white and the socle black. In plain houses these single panels were divided by simple lines. Then, gradually, as the house selected became more opulent, these lines were replaced by ornamental frames, garlands, pilasters, and ere long fantastic pavilions, in which the fancy of the decorative artist disported at will. Moreover, the socles became...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236568184
  • 9781236568182