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Identifier: examplesofhouseh00smit
Title: Examples of household taste
Year: 1875 (1870s)
Authors: Smith, Walter, 1836-1886 Smith, Walter, 1836-1886. Industrial art of the International Exhibition
Subjects: Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.) Decorative arts
Publisher: New York, R. Worthington
Contributing Library: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library
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Carpets: The Bigelow Carpet Co. At the present day the desire for oriental shapes and patterns in furniture,household ware, room decorations, and textile fabrics has become so great thatmanufacturers in this country and Europe have turned their attention largelyto productions of this kind. Let us pause for a moment and inquire why thisdemand is so universal. If we can find the answer, we discover a law ofgreat practical value to the artisan. Some will say fashion has much to dowith it, and others that the novelty of the designs is a chief cause. Doubtlessthere is much truth in the latter assertion; but mere novelty is not everything;back of that is a true art-feeling. Everything, even the most insignificant article 52 THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION, 1876. in daily use, bears the impress of artistic feeling. In their rugs, while no twoever are alike, the designs are of the very highest order. The material may

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The Century Vase : Gorham Manufacturing Co. not be as good as in other countries, and certainly the manner of hand-weaving cannot compare in evenness or finish or durability with our machine-made fabrics; but the blending of color, the spirit of the design, is far aheadof anything that can be produced by the average artisan of this or any othercivilized country. INDUSTRIAL ART 53 Therefore when our skilled workmen, with their superior facilities for themanufacture of the stuffs, study the patterns of these masters of color anddesign, and imitate them intelligently, we have, perhaps, the perfection of work-manship. On page 51 for example, are two specimens of carpet from the Bige-


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