The Palace

The Marquis' Study

The stucco decoration in the study forms an allegory to the Marquis Scicluna. The remarkable detail of the ceiling in this room represents the Marquis’ business interests and is a glorious mixture of stucco and plaster work. It celebrates, in cherubic myth and fantasy, the arrival of the telephone and wireless, the opening of the Suez Canal and the establishment of banking. The four medallions, one in each corner, represent the four industrial continents; alluding to the Marquis Scicluna as a man involved in trade. The decorative fringed frieze that encircles the room is superb and rare stucco created by the finest craftsmen of the time.

The Marquis Study at Palazzo Parisio

The oval portraits in their ornate carved frames are of Giuseppe Scicluna – who undertook the transformation of the Palazzo – and of his wife, the Marchesa Corinna. Giuseppe was created hereditary Marquis by the Blessed Pius IX, the last Pope to rule the Papal States. The Marchesa, Corinna Abela Pulis, who he had married at the age of 46, was honoured by King George V with the appointment to OBE after distinguishing herself through her humanitarian work during the First World War, caring for wounded officers and servicemen hospitalised in Malta en route home from Asian, African and Mediterranean battlefields. 

The other endeavours of the Marquis are represented in the scenes of putti exchanging coins and a cheque which shows the Marquis Scicluna as a banker and being part of the family company which opened the first wholly bank in Malta. The Sciclunas also introduced cheques into Malta and the mispronunciation of the word by the Maltese lead to the popular saying ‘ic-cisk'. This later became the name for the Maltese beer Cisk, which the Sciclunas had shares in.

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