International studio — 81.1925

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butterflies is wrought in indescribable shades of red, in Florence, and is a relic of the fourteenth century. The
yellow blue and green. coPy nas been in the possession of its owner's descendants,

until recently, and is now keeping its own counsel in the
studio of Edith Hebron,

ry'he time was when only queens received their favored
/ guests from the impressive eminence of a throne-like
bed. The chaise longue, or lit de repos, did not make
its appearance until the end of the seventeenth century,
and probably was an answer to the demand of my lady of
fashion for a kind of sub-throne, or bed, upon which to
recline when receiving—thereby enhancing her charms,
and at the same time snatching a privilege from the queen.
It became indispensable, and was found in the most formal
salons, as well as in boudoirs, varying in type and finish
according to the surroundings. The most fashionable
chaise longue was of the kind upon which Madame
Recamier is lounging in David's celebrated picture, and
the grace and beauty of that particular type has never
been excelled. Cabinetmakers of the present day have
successfully reproduced, and adapted, the chaise longue
for modern use and perhaps no other piece of furniture so
subtly suggests luxury. The example shown here is unusu-
ally pleasing in line, and is wonderfully soft and com-
fortable. It measures five and a half feet long, by two feet
wide, and stands seventeen inches from the floor. Com-
pletely modern, it is a worthy descendant of its aristocratic
ancestors, and is to be seen in the shop of the Edward R.
Barto Company, where one can always find good furniture.

embroidered spanish shawl
Courtesy oj J. M. Cidding

/secrets and hidden springs are possibly even more
\ intriguing in this age of professed frankness than in
the dark centuries when mystery was ever present.
Who doesn't thrill at the thought of a concealed stairway,
or drawer, or treasure? Pictured here is a very lovely
hand-carved walnut box, which was made a hundred and
fifty years ago, in Florence, for an Italian lady of high
degree, who needed a place to hide her innermost thoughts,
and in the raised centre of the top is a satin lined secret
drawer, just large enough to hold a few letters and trinkets.
Open the entire top and one finds an innocent jewelry box
with a misty mirror and faded cushions. This box is an
exact copy of the original, which is in the Museo Nazionale,

chaise longue covered with black sateen
Courtesy of R. Barto Company


an old italian jewel-case
Courtesy of Edith Hebron

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pair of vases, now in the possession of Ralph Chait,
have been converted into lamps. The inside of each
is so arranged that it can be illuminated, the light
being controlled by a switch in the gilt bronze base. The
inside lamp can light independently or together with the
upper lamps. The shades are made of antique hand-
embroidered Chinese silk shawls, old gold in color, and
have an interlining of rose. These vases are semi-eggshell
of the Yung Chen period, and were made at the Imperial
potteries at Ching te Chen in Kiangsi province. They are
decorated with a panoramic mountain and seascape view,
and depict figures of important people attended by their
servants. The entire surface is delicately painted in
famille rose over-glass enamels upon a translucent white

ice, 40 West 45th Street, New York

may 1925

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