The ninth annual "International Furnishing Trades Exhibition and Market," recently held at Agricultural Hall, although designed solely in the interests of the various trades represented, contained much worty of notice in these pages. We were struck by the excellence of some of the furniture of moderate cost. This was very noticeable in the exhibit of Bartlett, Scott & Co., Ltd., of High Wycombe (whose London showrooms are at 59, Berners-street, W.). We noted especially their well-made and artistically designed oak dining-room suites. A modern " Welsh dresser," with copper hinges was capital. Kauf-mann & Co., of Weaste, near Manchester, showed attractive original designs in bedroom and other furniture, and highly creditable examples of inlaying and marquetry copper work. A striking exhibit was made by Felix Kuhn, of Liverpool, of door and drawer handles, hinges, panels, finger plates, and other metal work. The timber trade was represented by some of the best firms in England. John Burton proved by his fine display of marquetry, cut by English workmen, that he is capable of competing with similar work for which one usually has to go to the Continent. His exhibit of timber also was large and interesting. Timber and veneers used in cabinet making, marquetry, and inlays were a feature of the display made by William Marshall & Son, but no less notable were his choice samples of mahogany and satinwood curls, richly figured Cuba and Spanish saw-cut veneers and fine burr walnut veneers. For craftsmen who are on the look-out for simple, well-constructed furniture of good design, to ornament with wood carving and metal work, nothing could be more acceptable than some of the oak-fumed articles made by Messrs. C. & R. Light, Ltd. (Curtain-road). Their general furniture exhibit, too, was highly creditable. The Cloisonne Glass Company show that their new invention, which has so much to recommend it on technical grounds, is not likely to suffer for lack of artistic design. As our readers probably know, the outlines of the patterns are formed by thin metal strips creating partitions, or "cloisons," which are then filled in with coloured enamels. It is certainly very attractive in design and colouring. We shall hope to find space, later,to describe in detail the process of manufacture. It was interesting to see, in the art metal work exhibit of Messrs. Willetts-Adshead, Ltd., Falcon Works, Dudley, a handsome fireplace and hearth suite, all in solid brass, designed by Walter Crane; for we believe that this is the first essay of the kind by that distinguished artist.

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'Alphabets For Art Workers

NO. II. (From the Collection of Mr. Gawthorp.)

Alphabets For Art Workers   NO. III. (From the Collection of Mr. GaWthorp.)

Alphabets For Art Workers - NO. III. (From the Collection of Mr. GaWthorp.)