In addition to their obvious usefulness candlesticks are a strong decorative asset. The soft glint of metal or the beauty of colour in pottery or decorated surface which they supply would be severely missed in many decorative schemes.

As with lamp standards we may say that those of period form are best because they are the best designed (Plate 102). Those of wood, carved and gilded, are excellent, and the simple turned ones either in mahogany or painted and decorated are attractive and reasonable in price. Many beautiful candlesticks have also been made during various periods in pottery, glass and other materials, and among these should not be overlooked the unusual things of Oriental origin.

$ven if but occasionally used candlesticks should, not be without their candles - otherwise they are as marred as a watch without its hands. A beautiful thing primarily made for use is partially deprived of its beauty when its function is obviously removed. Besides, the cylinder of wax is of itself a beautiful thing.

Decorative candles are sometimes useful and among the best are the Japanese ones, larger at the top than at the base, with excellent conventional flower design in red and dark blue. The square white candles with black lines fit well with some decorative schemes, and those of bayberry are particularly good with odd Japanese or other candlesticks with green as part of their colouring.

Candles are also to be had specially decorated in accordance with period designs, but handsomely decorated candles are so obviously intended not to be burnt that their use is decidedly questionable.

Brightly hued candles, such as canary yellow, are not open to this objection and their use often gives a happy colour note. They are of particular value in "Modern" decoration and they also relieve a candlestick or torchere of iron or other dull effect.

The present writers have before now shown their impatience of the exaltation of personal preferences into decorative dicta and so far are they from willing to err in this direction that they frankly and perhaps amusingly record a considerable difference of opinion among themselves. One of the authors has an unalterable distaste to "things hanging down from the ceiling." He is doubtless generally right so far as modern decoration is concerned, but another feels that as such " things" have depended in all ages they are permissible in some cases.

The ideal lighting for the dining-room is, of course, side-lights, with lighted candles upon the table, and if further strength of light is required the present writers advise the helping out of these with a pair of torcheres set conveniently near upon the floor. This was advanced as an original suggestion, but, alas for modern originality! since it was written we find in selecting illustrations that precisely this arrangement was used in the fifteenth century Davanzati palace (see Plate 15 B).

There are, however, tasteful but practical people who in the hurry of a dark winter's breakfast, for instance, will "bother" with neither torchere nor candles and for these the writers see no objection to an unobtrusive lighting arrangement above the table. A "dome," of course, is abhorrent, but there are other devices, such as an electric drop, the bulbs and other "machinery" being concealed at the sides by an appropriate shade and beneath by shirred gathered taffeta centred at a button or tassel