Tag Archives: Interior Decor

Before the Call Number:   The Pressmark

Scholars working in libraries during the Regency would not have been able to locate the books they were seeking using a card catalog or a call number, since neither had been invented at that time. However, as the number of … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Wellington Moves Into Pauline’s Palace

Two hundred years ago, today, the Duke of Wellington moved in to the Palais Borghese in Paris. It was the opulent Paris town home of Princess Pauline Borghese, the youngest sister of the recently deposed French Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. As … Continue reading

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Fireplaces During Regency Summers

In the damp cold of a Regency winter, a fire burning cheerily in the grate was a most welcome sight. But in the warm months of the summer, when no fire was wanted, the empty, dark cavern of a fireplace … Continue reading

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Popinjay Palaces:   Bird Cages in the Regency

Birds have been kept by humans since ancient times and, during the course of all those years, a wide array of structures have been constructed to house them. Some birds were kept for veneration or to participate in various rituals, … Continue reading

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Dumb-Waiters:   Keepers of Secrets

The dumb-waiters which will be discussed today are the free-standing furniture pieces which originated in England in the early eighteenth century. [Author’s Note:   The small box-like manual elevators used in many upscale homes are known in America as dumb-waiters, … Continue reading

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Billiards in the Regency

The Regency version of the game was played very differently than the way it is played today. It required only three balls, no rack and a mace was used as often as a cue. The only similarity between modern-day pool … Continue reading

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The English Regency Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston for the first time in more than a year. The MFA has been undergoing an ambitious remodeling and expansion project and this visit was my … Continue reading

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