|Incredible circular stairway leading up to a 30 foot diameter leaded glass dome|
I recently visited the fine city of Boston for the first time, just last week, and I spent a wonderful day squired about by local artist and blonde vivant, Mark Hänser.
Students crammed for exams in the splendid Victorian rooms, while we tiptoed through some of the more fabulous parts of the house, gobsmacked at the beautiful oak paneling and magnificent ornamental painting.
|above: superbly painted ornamental frieze over a gilt ground in the foyer/sitting area off the main stairway. These murals are painted on canvas and glued to the walls.|
|Oak stairway topped with a gorgeous leaded glass dome and Italianate ornament painted over gold leaf.|
A fantastic gold mosaic effect was created by stenciling a geometric pattern over the gold leaf base prior to painting the ornament. This breaks up the reflected light and really gives a marvelous impression, especially in the low winter light. I fully intend to try this technique in a future project!
The school also has a cozy library and study area, with beautiful ornamental plaster ceilings and polychromed lincrusta on the walls. Look closely at the detail- how many times have I seen this fantastic material painted glossy white? Painted in this way it can emulate Renaissance-era embossed leather wallcoverings.
All images in this post by Lynne Rutter
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