The General Appearance of a Drawingroom fitted up in the Grecian Style is given in fig. 1980 [see above].
This Design is by Mr. Lamb, who observes "that this room communicates with a library through a conservatory. The opening to the latter should have shutters with their backs lined with looking-glass, for effect when they are closed at night; it should also have glazed sashes to let down, when it may be found necessary to close the room in the daytime. These shutters and sashes should be in three parts, to slide in grooves; the center forming one panel. Within the room, on the sides of this opening, are large looking- glasses, and in the four angles form the ceiling are suspended glass vases for flowers. The whole of the decorations should tend to give a lively character to the room, and flowers will materially assist in doing so. The opposite side of the room should exactly correspond with this, and should open upon the lawn." We need hardly say that we think this Design one of great beauty and novelty. The idea of a suspended glass jardiniere appears to us much more elegant than shutting flowers up in the drawer of a table, as before alluded to. Mr. Lamb's furniture is, like his Architecture, always in good taste, and always combining novelty with correctness of design and harmony of style.
J. C. Loudon, An Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farm, and Villa Architecture and Furniture, London, 1833, though obviously an English work, was an influence on American Greek Revival interior design.
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