The Palace

The Music Room

In keeping with the other important rooms in the Palazzo the ceiling here is equally fine, and the ornamental details in the plaster work emphasise music with delicacy and artistry. It's worth noting that the mosaic floor, with its intricate design, uses the Maltese Cross as its inspiration. The furniture reflects the fact that this was the period when a gold room was popular and almost de rigueur for an important businessman. Gilders in those days were constantly at work with commissions from the gentry and, of course, with commissions from the church whose partiality for gold in the house of God was second to none. 

The Music Room at Palazzo Parisio

The furniture here is beautifully gilded with musical motifs in 24-carat gold leaf. The quality of craftsmanship is so fine the condition of the chairs today is exactly as it would have been when first commissioned. This is also the only room in the palace with walls draped in water silk – all the other walls that look like damask were in fact stencilled to create this impression. 

The sofas here are sufficiently comfortable to accommodate great lacy dresses and large crinolines and the room itself is spacious enough for several groups to gather for social conversation and for music. Visiting musicians would have composed salon verses especially for their hostess, the Marchesa, on the rococo escritoire. On a grand occasion, because it is situated next to the Ballroom, this Music Room would serve as the withdrawing or sitting-out room where the ladies could retire for refreshment, elegantly dressed and with fluttering fans in their hands, as they exchanged pleasantries and gossiped about who was dancing with whom, and even perhaps which couples seemed to have disappeared privately into the gardens below.

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