Decoration & Furniture of Town Houses; A Series of Cantor Lectures Delivered Before the Society of Arts, 1880

Decoration & Furniture of Town Houses; A Series of Cantor Lectures Delivered Before the Society of Arts, 1880

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...stronger than any words, and that the I teaching of the art-work in your homes will speak in language at once powerful and intelligible to your fellow-workers in the world, who will remember and ' delight in the work which your loving thought and care have placed around them, for long years after you perhaps have sunk into oblivion and death of the past. 138 LECTURE IV. THE ENTRANCE-HALL, STAIRCASE, DINING-ROOM, AND LIBRARY. IN the present lecture I propose offering some practical suggestions for the decoration and furniture of the entrance-hall, staircase, dining-room, and library, and to point out how they may be artistically arranged and decorated with the materials at hand, and at little, if any, greater cost than when done in the usual tasteless manner. The planning arrangements and heights of the various rooms must first of all be considered, before any opinion can be given as to the proper proportionate division of the wall spaces; various requirements need various treatments, and what may be fitted for one room may be utterly out of place in another. As a rule, however, in the larger rooms of a house, I think it will be found desirable to break the surface of the walls, by means of divisional lines, into dados and friezes, either for useful or decorative purposes, or both. In speaking of a dado, I mean, of course, the lower space, which in olden days was represented by wood panelling, the frieze being the upper portion of the wall space next the ceiling, and what I call the general wall surface, the central space between the dado and the frieze. In making these divisions, the general proportion and height of the particular room must, of course, be borne in mind, as well as the practical requirements; for instance, while, in...
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  • English
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