There remains the long and noble line of Period Furniture. In considering it a certain amount of knowledge must be taken for granted by the writers. Those not familiar with the subject are referred to "The Practical Book of Period Furniture," by Eber-lein and McClure, where they will find it treated in detail.* Part I of this volume is replete with information and Part III on International-Interperiod Decoration should carefully be studied.

Not everyone can afford genuine antiques, and good examples of certain special pieces are not always to be picked up just when desired. The beautiful qualities of the old woods and the patina of time are not to be found in reproductions, but otherwise they may thoroughly be commended - when they are faithful. Just why so much "Near Period" furniture persists is rather puzzling. Doubtless, the manufacturers at first found genuine reproductions difficult to sell, for after long years biassed by the bad, the good would naturally be slow in gaining genuine appreciation. Perhaps these conditions may still exist to a certain extent, but just why adaptations nearly enough correct to cause many purchasers to think they are securing genuine styles should sell better is difficult to say, particularly as such pieces are profusely advertised as being of certain periods. Manufacturers should remember that distortions of original forms cause positive pain to those who "know," and as the number of such persons is largely increasing, the reputations of such manufacturers are bound to suffer in the end.

* For Italian, Spanish and Portuguese forms v. "Practical Book of Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Furniture" by Eberlein and McClure^ in preparation.

We think, however, that there have been indications of a return to a saner point of view, and that there will be less and less adaptation during the coming years. In the meantime, purchasers will do well to confine themselves to faithful reproductions only.