Paris Lady's Chaise.
The Paris lady's chaise (Plate LXXVI) is a vehicle of French introduction intended for a lady's use. It does not admit of the carrying of a servant, and requires a well-rounded horse a trifle over fifteen hands, rather of the hackney stamp.
The curricle (Plate LXXIX) was for years one of the most fashionable town carriages, and is in many respects similar to its successor, the cabriolet, although the latter is drawn by a single horse and the former by a pair. Sidney, in his Book of the Horse, gives a very good illustration of the curricle as turned out in the days of Charles Dickens. This was the carriage which many of Miss Austen's heroes were supposed to have affected. It is described as being "drawn by a pair of horses perfectly matched in size, colour, quality, and step ; the harness being profusely decorated with silver ornaments, united by a silver bar, which supported a silver-mounted pole ; preceded or followed by two grooms mounted on another pair of horses equally well matched with the first, secured the driver and his companion a superb effect, which combined the maximum of expense with the minimum of convenience." Such a carriage should