Duchess Street

Hope’s collection of fine classical vases and sculptures he acquired were exhibited  by the side of modern paintings and ancient refined sculptures and some neo-classical ones. The furniture  he designed were displayed with verve and they elegantly decorated the rooms. The Regency and the neo-classical styles were predominant at that time and Hope was considered as a precursor of it since he managed to merge both including pieces from oriental and exotic style. In Hope’s Duchess Street residence, each room was adorned in a different manner in order to be in harmony with the exhibited art works.

 

As we saw it before, Hope designed a lot of  furniture and on top of that he fashioned the rooms of his Duchess Street residence according to different “atmospheres” he wanted to create. Hope succeeded in cleverly merging the objects he displayed within the interiors’ lay outs. Here are some examples of those rooms:

 

The Egyptian room is one of the major and maybe Hope’s most famous achievement in Duchess Street.

In fact, Hope designed many of its furniture in a classical Egyptian style using exotic materials and associating them with pieces of Egyptian monuments All those pieces were mainly made up of  very dense black wood such as ebony ornamented with gold motives and were highlighted by soft colored walls and friezes.

The Egyptian Room

 

The Egyptian Room drawing in "Household Furniture and Interior Decoration" by Thomas Hope

 

 

The “Statue Room” was predominantly yellow and its walls were left plain in order not to interfere with the masterpieces’ shapes.

 

The Statue Gallery

 

The Statue Gallery drawing in "Household Furniture and Interior Decoration" by Thomas Hope

 

 

There were also four “Vase Room” in Duchess Street in which Hope displayed his Collection of Greek vases he  acquired from Sir William Hamilton in 1801. Hope later wrote that those vases mainly relate to “Bacchanalian rites”, knowing that the Bacchanalia were roman mystic festivals, held in order to pay tribute to Dionysus-Bacchus , and which became famous for their drunken and sexual revelry.

 

The Vase Room

 

The Vase Room drawing in "Household Furniture and Interior Decoration" by Thomas Hope

 

 

Hope extended his residence in order to build some galleries where he displayed part of his collections, notably paintings from Poussin and Guernico, antiques and sculptures. The galleries were built in order to have the same shape as an ancient Greek temple. Moreover many of their items were borrowed from ancient buildings in Athens and paintings were hiden behind large curtains.

 

 

Nicolas Poussin, Les Andelys

 

 

The Aurora room

The Aurora room drawing in "Household Furniture and Interior Decoration" by Thomas Hope

 

 

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