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Daily Snippet #4: Page 134 / 100 Words

Edith Wharton, and Ogden Codman, Jr. The Decoration of Houses. Rev. ed. Norton / Classical America, 1998, c1997. Originally published in 1897.

Alas! Page 134 is a full-page illustration!
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Painted Wall-Panel and Door, Château of Chantilly, Louis XV.

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So 100 words from page 135…

“The lit de repose, which, except in France, has been replaced by the clumsy upholstered lounge, was one of the most useful pieces of eighteenth-century furniture. As its name implies, it is shaped somewhat like a bed, or rather like a cradle that stands on four legs instead of swinging. It is made of carved wood, sometimes upholstered, but often seated with cane. In the latter case it is fitted with a mattress and with a pillow-like cushion covered with some material in keeping with the hangings of the rooms. Sometimes the duchesse, or upholstered bergère with removable foot-rest in ….”

And a picture for your convenience:

Lit de Repos. Early Louis XV period.

[Furniture images are from the Project Gutenberg edition of The Decoration of Houses]

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