Rich Room

Welcome back from the weekend! I hope you had a nice one. During my trip to New York City I had the opportunity to cover a good deal of the area and thoroughly enjoyed the visit.  One of the many places I visited was the Metropolitan Museum of Art, located on the perimeter of Central Park. It's a tremendously huge place with a building width of about four New York blocks. Couple that with the multiple floors and one quickly realizes that you'll never see everything there in a single visit. If you are ever in Manhattan and have a day to spend leisurely looking at historical items, this place is a must.

In this post we take a peek into a room that was part of a manor house built in 1682 for Johann Gaudenz von Capol of eastern Switzerland. I was really impressed by the exquisite wood paneling and hand-carved furniture in this room, which seems to be made from some of the more exotic species of trees. One thing was certain, this was not the quarters of a pauper.

The room was roped off so entry was not possible. It was also quite dark and without shooting brackets, no single image would have allowed the detail of the craftsmanship to be seen and appreciated.

Rich Room
Rich Room

There was a small placard just beyond the doorway in the shadows but it was too far off to read, other than the larger lettering across the top that said "Reiche Stube from the Schlossi of Johann Gaudenz von Capol Films, Switzerland". Reiche Stube (according to Google Translate) means "rich room", hence the title of this post. If anyone has more info on this I'm happy to hear about it. ;-)

I had a true feeling of seeing something really special while looking into this room and the furnishings therein. Who knows what these items have been witness to.

Thanks for visiting!

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