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Birds - Four Diverse Neighbors
The female Scarlet Tanager is not a scarlet tanager at all, but a dull greenish-olive one, and very few people would suspect her relationship to her brilliant husband.
Birds - Feathered Gems
There are a few of the warblers which we are liable to meet which I have not mentioned. Such is the Yellow Palm Warbler, a common and early species, quite flycatcher-like in habits, which comes to us about mid-April.
Birds - Thrush Cousins
Most people know the Brown Thrasher, the rather large bird with rich reddish-brown back and a long tail, which is so fond of dusting itself in the road and which one sees flitting into the thickets.
Water-Bird Waifs
Next we have the heron tribe, and interesting birds they are. The Great Blue Heron is the biggest of them, so tall that it gets the popular name of Blue Crane, which is inaccurate, for it is no crane at all.
Furniture Of The Regency
There is not much to note about the furniture made in France during the Regency, other than that it was in keeping with the art prevailing in the reign of Louis XIV., the style being continued.
Marie Antoinette And Louis XVI. Furniture
Queen Marie Antoinette, however, exercised considerable influence over French art, and a plainer and somewhat severer style came into vogue, the style which she adopted in dress being reflected in the furniture of the period.
Vernis Martin Lacquers
It may be convenient here to draw attention to the remarkable invention which made Martin's varnish so famous. It was at the beginning of the eighteenth century that so many pieces of Chinese lacquer work were being imported into Europe.
The First Empire
The Battle of the Pyramids, fought in 1798, bore fruit in architectural design and furniture decoration. It was after Napoleon returned from Egypt that Egyptian ornament, with an admixture of Greek and Roman, was used.
Napoleonic Furniture
French art has ever been a prominent feature in the commerce of that great nation, and there are many connoisseurs of art in this country who delight in the curios and antiques which have been made in France, and collectors search Parisian shops for examples of the furniture made by the ébénistes of that country.
Early Georgian Furniture
It is said that the accession of George I. marks an important departure in that during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and in the eighteenth century, until the death of Queen Anne, royal favour had been the chief factor in promoting change and setting the fashion.
The Beginning Of Mahogany Furniture
The most important departure in early Georgian days came through the introduction of mahogany, said to have been known to some extent at an earlier period, but not used in England until that time.
Architectural Influence - Early Georgian Furniture
Connoisseurs do not always take into account sufficiently the influence architects exerted over the furniture trade during the first half of the eighteenth century.
Lion And Mask Period - Early Georgian Furniture
A distinction is made in the decoration of furniture in the first half of the eighteenth century between the lion and satyr mask ornament which came into being at a slightly different period, but which overlapped considerably.
The Cabochon And Leaf Period
Following the lion and satyr mask period came the cabochon-and-leaf period, which was, of course, a French ornament. This very characteristic design is recognised immediately by the connoisseur, enabling him to locate chairs made during that period, which extended from 1735-1750.
History Of Insurance
Insurance defined.—Insurance is a provision for the distribution of risks; that is to say, it is a financial provision against loss from unavoidable disasters.
Marine Insurance
Marine insurance based on indemnity.—Marine insurance is, as has already been said, the oldest form which passed into a distinct commercial business.
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