RMS Aquitania - The Ship Beautiful
Restaurantne of the many features comprised in the Aquitania was the Grill Room. Its decorative treatment, which was Early Jacobean, deriveed certain features from a carved oak-panelled room from the Palace at Bromley-by-Bow, which dated from the beginning of the 17th Century and was located at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The room was furnished in the same style, the curtains being of an interesting Elizabethan needlework pattern. Blue Delft china ornaments helped to complete the scheme.
Grill
The First Class Drawing Room was a reproduction from the best period of the Brothers Adam, 1780. The principal feature in the ceiling was an oval dome with lunettes. Lead mouldings and ornaments, after the Brothers Adam, held in the glass. The principal features in the room were the Cuba mahogany bookcases with delicately carved and interlacing moulding in the door panels, and also mahogany console tables, with tall gilt 3-light frames. The large windows of the period were also noteworthy. The chimney-piece was made of carved statuary marble with figure plaque in the frieze. The doors in the room were made of Cuba mahogany with carve mouldings, and the walls were hung with blue tabourette silk, and were adorned with a collection of mezzotints of 18th Century beauties.
drawing room
The panelling of the Sitting Room in the Gainsborough Suite was executed in 18th Century style, and the furniture was of carved mahogany of the period preceding Chippendale. Two French windows, with finely carved architraves, led on to the private verandah that was decorated with trellis-work The ceiling was adorned with a double loop of fruit and flowers, and a cut-glass electric light dish. At one end of the room was a magnificent white marble fireplace. Fine antique mezzotints of notable pictures by Gainsborough were hung on the walls and were a prominent feature of the decoration of the rooms of this extensive suite.
Sitting Room
The period of decoration chosen for the Salons was Louis XVI. The camel-covered carpet and the Persian rugs harmonized beautifully with the scheme of grey and gold and the embroidered silk curtains in purple and old gold. These were draped in a manner similar to those in old French chateaux. A large mirror was placed in a recess after the style prevailing at Fountainebleau. Two large painted panels, reproductions of work of Hubert Robert, added to the charm of these apartments. The furniture was reproduced from famous models of Bergère chairs, settees, occasional chairs and writing tables in mahogany and finely engraved ormolu. The rooms were illuminated by cut-glass dish electric lights.
Writing Room
Swimming BathMain Staircase
Second Class career home
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