Italy, paiuted olivo wood, forms quite au article of commerce, being closely allied with the inlaid work.
Polishing. Pr. >eure a 1 iottle of the wood varnish (prepared for this purpose); in a warm room, with a soft fiat brush, go over the article as rapidly as possible, with a thin coat. Leave this first .coating until the next day to dry, in a place entirely tree from dust. The v arnish is applied twice more in the same manner; then have at hand a small bottle of white shellac polish and one of linseed oiL Make a small ball of flannel; put upon this a few drops of the oil; then cover it with a piece of linen, which is moistened with the polish, and the article is rubbed in a circular manner, without resting upon the article when the rubbing is discontinued. If the Juien should adhere during the polishing, put a drop of the oil upon it. It sometimes requires from one to two hours of constant rubbing untd the surface is completely smooth and polished.
Designs recommended are those by Minna Laudin, Hermann Pchaper, E. Wendt, Emil Zschimmer and Elizabeth Ilubler. They are litho.?rapliie color plates, and come in the form of sets.
Minnu Laudiii's designs are among the newest. The two Bets contain over twenty patterns, cacli fitting exactly in ¿ize and shape the wooden articles already mentioned.
Schapcr's designs are intended for larger pieces, such as table tops, music holders, lamp trays, etc. His first series (entirely new) is divided into five sheets, with as many sheets upon which the outlines of the designs are clearly printed, to facilitate the transferring of the same upon wood.
E Wendt's designs are both unique and rich in their way, and contain considerable ornamental work in gold and silver. His designs lor table tops are extremely handsome.
Einil Zschimmer's and Elizabeth Iluhler's are acknowledged as standard works, and favorites of the artists engaged in painting upon wood.
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