The Palace

The Billiard Room

Here is a truly masculine room, a literally exclusive “gentlemen’s club” with a solid British billiards table and all the requisite accoutrements. Lighted by charming belle époque lamps and perched on the deck of high seats the gentlemen, in best club fashion, could watch a good game being played out by their peers. 

The Billiard Room at Palazzo Parisio

The ceiling’s stucco is yet another design, a further statement of success for this remarkable palazzo. The painting, dated 1904, is by Olzai and is full of the symbolism of fun and games. It depicts Fortuna, the Goddess of good luck, carrying a cornucopia of dice, chessmen, bowls (or, maybe, Italian or Maltese bocci), billiard cues and more. The walls are cleverly painted to simulate damask and these too are freely adorned with illustrations of games.

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