Caryatid

A caryatid is composed of a columns or a pilaster shaped as a women supporting an entablature.

Since Classical Antiquity, this piece of decoration had a stylistic evolution : from the Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheion (on the Acropolis at Athens) were they had a hieratic posture, to the lascivious attitude of the "Belle Epoque" period.

The "canephore" represent a woman with a baskets on her head, and a "half-figure" describes a caryatid forming a pilaster below the bust.

In architecture, the male version of the caryatid is called "Atlantes" or "Telamon". In ancient Greek Atlas meant "the carrier", it also refers to the mythology : Atlas was a Titan who was sentenced by Zeus to hold the sky for eternity.

Atlantes were groups of statues used in Greek temple. In Roman temple they were called Telamon.

Brèche d’Alep Marble

This colorful marble is very appreciated by american people. Even if it was extracted in the 18th century from a french quarry, it has been baptised "Brèche d'Alep" (Alep Breccia), a more exotic name than the "Tholonet marble".

Royals residences used it a lot, in order to promote french marble over italian marble.

Later on, this marble was know by another name "Brèche Madame" (Breccia Madam), because the aunts of Louis XVI (daughters of Louis XV) were using it to decorate their interior.

Fleur de Pêcher marble (Peach Flower)

This pretty marble is made of irregular peach to violet shades on a white cream background. This marble was extracted near the italian city of Carrara.

This marble has been used a lot during the 19th century to make exceptional works of art. For example the extraordinary fireplace in main hall of the Napoleon III apartments at the Louvre museum, or the impressive stairway columns at the Garnier Opera, also in Paris.

Neo-Gothic style

The neo-Gothic style is an architectural style born in the middle of the 18th century in England.

With the development of Romanticism, some enlightened amateurs such as Horace Walpole and William Beckford highly influenced the public's enthusiasm for the Middle Ages, Medieval arts and the new aesthetic quality known as the “picturesque”, as shown in the luxurious architectural follies of Fonhill Abbey or Strawberry Hill.