Monday, 16 October 2017

Mystery of the Wall Brackets

A reader asked about the projecting wall brackets in Hau’s 1870 watercolor (below) in my post on the fireplaces in the Winter Palace.

The size of the room over the Commandant’s Entrance facing Palace Square was small and narrow, the width of a window.

Photograph (below) of the Commandant Entrance c1920s

There was no permanent chandelier. The brackets were used to hang glass lanterns with a number of candles. A lantern would also be suspended from the ceiling.

An example (below)  is Pierre-Philippe Thomire’s 1785 lantern in the Petit Trianon in Versailles.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for answering my question, Joanna! I also noticed that bit in the center of the vault, so I figured it must be something along those lines. It's still an interesting question why it was that they didn't make these fixtures more "decorative"...?