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Loosely based on the descriptions of Mrs. Jamieson’s furniture I’ve collected a few images:
The chair and table legs diminished as they neared the ground, and were straight and square in all their corners. The chairs were all a-row against the walls, with the exception of four or five which stood in a circle round the fire. They were railed with white bars across the back, and knobbed with gold; neither the railings nor the knobs invited ease.
There was another square Pembroke table dedicated to the Fine Arts, on which were a kaleidoscope, conversation cards, puzzle-cards (tied together to an interminable length with faded pink satin ribbon), and a box painted in fond imitation of the drawings which decorate tea-chests.
There was a japanned table devoted to literature, on which lay a Bible, a Peerage, and a Prayer-Book.
With trade moving more freely throughout the world there was a taste for the exotic and Mrs. Jamieson was no doubt the first to have such an item.