Antique Chinese Cabinets by Chippendale
Chinese Chippendale designs for antique china cabinets. Use of the pagoda roof motif is prominent here.
¶ Plate CV. A neat china case, with glass doors. The feet are cut through; the fretwork is glued upon the rail, and divided into three drawers at length; the sizes are all fixed to the design, and mouldings at large on the right hand. The ends of the piece of work are intended to be the same as the end doors. This design is so intelligible that it is needless to say any more by way of explanation.
¶ Plate CVI is a china case with glass doors, and fretwork glued upon the pannels of the bottom doors. The fretwork upon the top part above the cornice is cut through. I have executed this design, and it looks much better than in the drawing. The sizes are all fixed to the work. Plate CVII is the mouldings and fretwork for the above design.
¶ Plate CVIII is a china case with glass in the doors and ends. You have two different feet, which, with the rail, are all cut through. This design I have executed with great satisfaction to the purchaser. The mouldings and dimensions are all fixed to the drawings. This canopy projects more at the ends than in front, therefore the workman must have recourse to Plate LIX. Fig 1. for the proper directions to execute it.
¶ Plate CIX is a very neat china case upon a frame, with glass doors in the front and ends; the profile is on the right hand; between the middle feet is a stretcher, with a little canopy, which will hold a small figure. This design must be executed by the hands of an ingenious workman, and when neatly japanned will appear very beautiful.
¶ Plate CX is a large china case, with glass doors; the upper part, where the small columns are, is intended to be open; the profile is on the right hand, and the scale to take off the particulars. This design is calculated purely for holding china, or for some apartment, where it is frequently put. It will be needless to say any thing in its praise, as I hope the design will in some measure recommend itself, both for use and ornament.
¶ Plate CXI. A china case, not only the richest and most magnificent in the whole, but perhaps in all Europe. I had a particular pleasure in retouching and finishing this design, but should have much more in the execution of it, as I am confident I can make the work more beautiful and striking than the drawing. The proportion and harmony of the several parts will then be viewed with advantage, and reflect mutual beauty upon each other. The ornaments will appear more natural and graceful, and the whole construction will be so much improved under the ingenious hand of a workman, as to make it fit to adorn the most elegant apartment. The dimensions and mouldings are all specified, and for making the canopy the artist is referred to Plate LIX. Fig. 1.
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