Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Neo-classical period room within the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This is one of my favourite period rooms within the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  I can't see any gilding. What stands out is that lovely statue in the wall  niche. It is one of two within the room. The book that this picture came from is called: PERIOD ROOMS in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I have just checked again and everything that looks carved, with the exception of the plaster sculpture, is carved: pine:  'comparing favourably with high-quality Parisian work'.  The original room did not 'live' in Paris but was originally part of a house in the seaport known as Bordeaux, in Southwest France.  The room's colour is a soft gray-green, the effect is understated and highly livable.
The room, which is almost completely round, was given to the Museum in 1943.
Photography by Karin L. Willis.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

The One Classic Finish that can absolutely "MAKE" a Bathroom - a Marbled Paint Finish.

I just love this picture. What a surprise to see a bathroom treated as though it were someplace especially important. I now have it properly credited. If you can get your hands on this book, it is well worth studying.  
The Curtain Book. 1988. Reed International Books Limited. By: Caroline Clifton-Mogg and Melanie Paine. Photography by Fritz von der Schulenburg.