The summer exodus is upon us, and at an end - for this season at least - are the numerous minor exhibitions which on one plea or another have extracted the nimble shilling from the purse of the lounger in town. Half-a-crown was the fee for admission in one case, and it was almost worth it to study the expression of hopeless bewilderment on the faces of some of those who had paid it. But for admission to what we consider, from the educalouis XV. Commode, with Chased and Gilt Mounts. (From the Original in the Hamilton Collection.)

A Corner of the Panelled oak Room at (Neville Holt Hall)

A Corner of the Panelled oak Room at (Neville Holt Hall).

(Reproduced at the Waring Galleries.) tional standpoint, by far the best of the minor exhibitions of the season - the show of antique furniture, tapestry, and other objects of decorative art at Warings' - there was no charge whatever. This was fortunate for those who visited it, for, if there had been a charge for admission, the galleries would have been overcrowded. As it was, one could lounge through them almost as freely as at a public museum, and with the privilege of having an unusually well-informed gentleman connected with the establishment for a cicerone.

We speak of this exhibition as of the past; but it is hardly one that could lightly be dismantled or dispersed. If such, however, has been its fate, let us hope that when the splendid new galleries, which seem to be nearing completion, are opened to the public it will be with a similar exhibition. The influence on the taste of the community, by the way, that by mere force of example, and in a quite unostentatious way, may be exerted by a purely commercial concern is pleasantly illustrated in the erection by this firm of the artistic temporary facade (instead of the usual hideous hoarding) which still masks its building operations. It is common enough to incur such trouble at some big foreign exhibition; but to do it at home, from no other motive than that of a citizen of good taste who would not even temporarily disfigure a public thoroughfare, we believe is something unique, originating with the eminent decorative artist who gives his name to the firm. It is surely an excellent precedent.

Oak Cabinet, with Carved Gothic Tracery and Figures of Saints.

Oak Cabinet, with Carved Gothic Tracery and Figures of Saints.

An Historical Exhibition of Furniture 207Italian Table in

Italian Table in

Wardrobe, with Pa M

Wardrobe, with Pa M

Examples Of Historic Decorated Furniture Nnce Style

An Historical Exhibition of Furniture 210Inlaid with

Inlaid with

Oak Settee, with Inlaid Borders (dated 1705).

Oak Settee, with Inlaid Borders (dated 1705).

Marquetry Table, fitted with Drawers.

Marquetry Table, fitted with Drawers.

Exihibition At The Waring Galleries. (See page 135).

Light Wrought-Iron Work

Stand (in Bent iron Work) for a Hot water Jug, or Kettle.

Stand (in Bent-iron Work) for a Hot-water Jug, or Kettle.

Side View of the Foot. Front View of the Foot

Side View of the Foot. Front View of the Foot