I can imagine what a problem Mercer had with finding places to put his collection. Can’t find a place? Just put a net on your ceiling and stuff it full of interesting things. Here, Henry could lay on his sofa below, look up and view his Etruscan pottery collection.
For some reason this collection captures my attention each time I enter Mercer’s study. Not necessarily for the photographic interest but by my awe of Mercer and his ambition and drive to collect such a variety of artifacts from around the world. His fascination of pottery led him to develop and create his fantastic tiles.
The image below shows the perspective that Mercer could have viewed his collection from. I am sure there were a lot of good naps taken here in the comfort of his study.