This is a de luxe hobby book, but one that reaps rewards. The subject has been handled in various other less comprehensive books. Here Miss Sabine attempts to cover in one volume, both freehand techniques and stencilling- the main techniques employed in American antique decoration. These include Country Painting, Frechand Bronze, Stenciling, Floating Color, Gold Leaf. Introductory chapters deal with basic definitions, materials and equipment needed (and where to secure them), and successive detailed instructions on preparation of objects for decoration, and the how to of the brush techniques, the use of patterns, the tracing of stencils, the varnishing processes, and the use of metal leaf. Further instructions follow on applications of designs by transfer, enlargement or reduction, adaptation; on striping; antiquing and finishing; restoring, etc. Specific instructions accompany the drawings and photographs of some 27 objects, with step by step how to details. While the text seems comprehensive and clear enough, a fair report on the book is very dependent on the color illustrations, the 42 line cuts and 21 half tones that are not at this time available.