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Chats on Old Furniture. By Arthur Hayden. (T. Fisher Unwin.

5s. net.)—Mr. Hayden has given us here a useful and instructive volume. He begins with a bibliography, and follows this with a glossary in which he explains various terms, such as " Boule," " Cabriole," "Linen Pattern," &c. He then proceeds to deal separately with various periods of style. The first chapter is given to the French Renaissance, the second to the English, the Jacobean and Queen Anne styles, and the styles of the successive Louisos, with that of the Empire. Finally we have an account of the famous English makers. Each chapter has an appendix of recent sale-prices. The reader is, so to speak, told what he ought to get, and what the things will cost.