Then Milady attempted to tear down the doorcase
, with a strength apparently above that of a woman; but finding she could not accomplish this, she in her fury stabbed at the door with her poniard, the point of which repeatedly glittered through the wood.
While the exteriors are beautiful, going through the handsome Doric doorcases
is a bit of an anticlimax as the interiors are somewhat lacklustre.
The building's architect is unknown, but looking at the grand doorcases
with their broken pediments, Pizzi surmises that it may have been Michele Sanmicheli (1484-1559) who trained under Bramante and Giuliano da Sangallo and is known to have worked for the Corner.
It has real character, with the balance, proportion and symmetry of design typical of a Georgian townhouse, and features such as a large Venetian window, plaster cornices and wood panelling, doorcases
and panelled windows.
This is clear from the monumental scale of the Riding House at Bolsover, with its elephantine doorcases
, its elaborate gabled roofline and the dramatic viewing gallery (like a box at the opera) with its vigorous classical detail and fine plaster strapwork decoration.
Where are Pugin and Ruskin when you need them, to describe the hideous back elevations of this revolting building, the pretentious rubbish of a grand staircase going nowhere, the creeping tawdry gift shop, the cheap suspended ceilings, the vile laser-cut ironwork, the derisory incomprehensible 'jokes' of the fading pilasters, and the silly plans with their mutilated 'classical' doorcases
, which were no doubt amusing for anyone in America who had never seen at first hand a third-rate building by Sir Herbert Baker.
There is 15th-century gothic tracery, presumably from Bolton Abbey, quantities of William and Mary fire surrounds, doors and doorcases
, frames, appliques and the like that were victims of the constant remodelling at Chatsworth, and brackets matching those at Chiswick Villa.
The much vaunted quality of detailing is in fact rarely to be found: doorcases
, railings and other fittings can all be found down to the same basic standard as on any other estate and to the tweeness of 'olde worlde' features the lunacy in the blind windows is testator.
As he wrote these lines Pope could witness his friend Lord Burlington's contribution to the ascendant Palladian style in architecture, which paradoxically did much to hasten the final decline of decorative history painting, for while Wren and his contemporaries had designed their interiors almost as blank boxes into which the craftsmen and painters could introduce their talents, Colen Campbell, Lord Burlington and his protege William Kent had succeeded in producing the sort of highly `architectural' interiors which divided the wall space by using heavy cornices, plasterwork compartments, doorcases
with elaborate pediments and architraves etc.
For the Great Drawing Room, Cuenot carved elaborate doorcases
that picked up the principal decorative feature of the room.
The Drawing Room also has Kinsman's ceiling and frieze, which provides an effective contrast to the exceptionally ornate panelling and doorcases
of the joiner, Thomas Carter.
The result is that not only were the marble columns of the nave arcades, the marble facings in the sanctuary and the mosaic decoration in the apse all imported, but the high altar is 16th-century and came from S Pietro in Bologna; the mid-18th-century altar of St Francis and the marble communion rails and sanctuary floor are from a demolished church in Rome; the Lady Chapel altar is 18th-century Neapolitan; the altar of St Anthony is said to be from S Maria del Priorato, Rome; and two doorcases
at the end of the aisles are believed to come from a Roman palazzo.