In Lucerne, too, the wood carvings
of other sorts, which had been so pleasant to look upon when one saw them occasionally at home, soon began to fatigue us.
I grabbed the back of the nearest piece of furniture and the splendour of marbles and mirrors, of cut crystals and carvings
, swung before my eyes in the golden mist of walls and draperies round an extremely conspicuous pair of black stockings thrown over a music stool which remained motionless.
The place seemed new and full of new forms of beauty, in proof of which they showed handkerchiefs which the women had worn round their heads, and primitive carvings
coloured bright greens and blues.
Clinging to the carvings
with hands and feet he worked himself slowly aloft, avoiding the windows and keeping upon the shadowy side of the tower, away from the light of Thuria and Cluros.
I walked through many streets, some broad and straight with high, modern buildings, some narrow, gloomy, and tortuous, between the gables of quaint old houses whose overhanging stories, elaborately ornamented with carvings
in wood and stone, almost met above my head.
Turning to the lower division of the cupboard, I found more costly curiosities in the shape of ivory carvings
from Japan and specimens of rare silk from China.
The Priory at Christ church was a noble pile, but it was cold and bare, methinks, by one of these, with their frettings, and their carvings
, and their traceries, as though some great ivy-plant of stone had curled and wantoned over the walls.
Bits of old wood carvings
from the pulpit, and panels from the chancel, and images from the organ-loft," said the clerk.
He gained the bridge and returned to the north shore, where he remembered having seen in one of the narrower streets a little obscure shop stocked with cheap wood carvings
, its walls lined with extremely dirty cardboard-bound volumes of a small circulating library.
The cold hoar frost glistened on the tombstones, and sparkled like rows of gems, among the stone carvings
of the old church.
There were suits of mail standing like ghosts in armour here and there, fantastic carvings
brought from monkish cloisters, rusty weapons of various kinds, distorted figures in china and wood and iron and ivory: tapestry and strange furniture that might have been designed in dreams.
An ancient Hawaiian war-club or spear-paddle, in its full multiplicity and elaboration of carving
, is as great a trophy of human perseverance as a Latin lexicon.
Many spare hours he spent, in carving
the lid with all manner of grotesque figures and drawings; and it seemed that hereby he was striving, in his rude way, to copy parts of the twisted tattooing on his body.
Before passing the threshold, I paused to admire a quantity of grotesque carving
lavished over the front, and especially about the principal door; above which, among a wilderness of crumbling griffins and shameless little boys, I detected the date '1500,' and the name 'Hareton Earnshaw.
He laid down the carving
-knife and fork - being engaged in carving
, at the moment - put his two hands into his disturbed hair, and appeared to make an extraordinary effort to lift himself up by it.