Fonthill: Chinese Wall

Chinese Wall Tiles by Karl Graf. Chinese Wall

Canon 5D MkIII, EF17-40mm f/4L @ 17mm, f/11.0, 0.5 sec, ISO 400

Going back down to the Central Hall from the Terrace Room, the tour passes through the Terrace Kitchen and then down a stairway decorated with Chinese Tiles.  As Mercer was building Fonthill, he sent letters to his contacts world-wide to see if they could find and acquire foreign antique tiles.  This is how these Chinese tiles were added to Mercer’s collection.  They are “wedged in” a little alcove along the stairs leading down to the Central Hall.  Fine art paintings surround this display including one of his Aunt Elizabeth Lawrence (EL).

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