Household Furniture and Interior Decoration
Statue Gallery. As this room is defined solely for the reception of ancient marbles, the walls are left perfectly plain, in order that the back-ground, against which are placed the statues, might offer no inferior ornaments, or breaks, capable of interfering, through their outline, with the contours of more important works of art. The ceiling admts the light through three lanterns, and is divided into cassons by means of rafters, which imitate a light timber covering.
Picture Gallery. In this room the center part of the ceiling is supported by small columns, which divide the lights, and which are imitated from tose that are seen at Athens, in the upper division of the octagon building, vulgarly called the temple of the Winds. Rhese columns rest on massy beams, similar to those in marble, which lie across the peristyle of the temple of Theseus, also at Athens. The larger columns which support the entablature offer the profiles of those of the Propylaea.
Room Containing Greek Fictile Vases. As these vases were all found in tombs, some, especially of the smaller sort, have been placed in recesses, imitating the ancient Columbaria, or receptacles of Cinerary urns. As they relate chiefly to the Bacchanalian rites, which were partly connected with the representations of mythic death and regeneration, others, of a larger size, have been situated in compartments, divided by terms, surmounted with heads of the Indian or bearded Bacchus.
Third Room Containing Greek Vases. A table supported by chimaeras in bronze, similar to some limbs of ideal animals, adapted to the same purpose, which have been found among the remains of Pompeia; a bronze lamp, bronze candelabra, and a few other utensils, of a quiet hue and of a sepulchral cast, analogous to the chief contents of the this room, form the principal ornaments which accompany the vases.
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