This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
At the late Chiswick exhibition, seats and chairs were shown in abundance. Some were admired for their cheapness; others, like Dean's and those from the Panklibanon Company, for the beauty of their castings. Patterns of small chairs for one person only from the last-named company, were especially deserving of notice. They had moveable cane bottoms, and could be otherwise folded up so as to go into small compass. Some of these, all except the seat, were black as ebony; others were bronzed, and all were of elegant design and very comfortable to sit on. We also observed some nice earthenware seats in the form of stumps of trees. One, representing a piece of a trunk of an elm tree, had bark on it excellently formed and covered with lichen. Another, not quite so natural in appearance, was in the shape of a block of oak with a sprig of ivy running round it- Such seats as these must, we should think, be regarded as a great improvement on the old Chinese seats that were wont to be, and are now in some places, so much in fashion.