The second mezzanine floor is home to the separate museum exhibition The english Residential Interior (19th-Early 20th Centuries). The main aim of the exhibition is to show the complex of objects that come together to form the furnishings of the interior. This includes furniture, works of decorative and applied art, sculptures and objects of everyday life dating from that period, without which it is impossible to imagine the residential interior. The exhibition also attempts to illustrate the stylistical evolution of the english interior over the entire course of the nineteenth century. The resulting exposition was created after a painstaking study of the wide iconographic material, archive documents and extensive memoir literature.
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YOUNG MAN'S STUDY, 1830s
The Young Man's Study, 1830s (210 Kb)
The aspiration towards comfort and convenience is conveyed in the furnishings of this interior. This is reflected in the arrangement, construction and purpose of the furniture. Bookshelves are built into the corners of the study. Despite the great love for books at this time, separate rooms were not usually specifically assigned to libraries in townhouses. Grandees and collectors did, of course, often have studies that doubled up as libraries. Gradually, however, the aspiration towards snugness and comfort gave way to the indiscriminate cramming of rooms full of books. Decorative fabrics were employed in abundance in interiors, draping doors and windows. It also became fashionable to fill rooms with flowers and palmtrees in pots. The form and the size of the furniture changed too, with rationality and succinctness giving way to fanciful and ponderous furnishings.
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