The Music Room
Source: The Graphic (1884) in the Hathi Digital Library Trust web version of a copy in the New York Public Library.
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[The Music and Drawing] rooms, communicating with each other, are similar in form, both having well-defined alcoves opening out from their centre, each of which has a walnut dado, enriched with inlays of bird's-eye maple and lime-tree. The walls are hung with rich figured satin damask, yellow in the Music-Room, and crimson and gold in the Drawing-Room. The ceilings are of wood, richly carved, gilt, and painted in colours. Below the cornice at the top of the walls runs a wide frieze, painted in cera (wax) by Signor Mantovani, celebrated for his work in Raphael's Loggia at the Vatican. The cornice of the Carrara marble chimney-piece in the Music-Room is supported by figures of Dacian slaves, copied from the Arch of Constantine in Rome by the late Signor Nucci. The chimney-piece in the Drawing-Room is borne up by caryatides, also by Nucci; the orname it and flowers which otherwise decorate these finely-proportioned works of Art are from the chisel of the late Signor Taccolozzi. They were designed by Montiroli, and sculptured in Rome under his personal superintendence. Immense mirrors, with frames elaborately carved and gilt, rest upon the chimney shelves, reaching to the ceiling.