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dramatically lighted by a pair of Renaissance-inspired silver chandeliers, as well as strategically placed Louis XIV-style gilt-bronze wall sconces with mirrored glass reflectors, and ormolu-mounted porphyry table lamps bearing black shades. The most striking features were the room’s five doors. Made of ebony and ivory veneer, each of the three-panel doors was given a unique architectural theme, including variations of temples and follies with surrealist juxtapositions of an hourglass, spires, and geometric trophies. The double doors that led to the main salon were equally inventive in their design, 184

bearing a trompe-l’oeil representation of a grid-pattern floor that directed one’s attention into the next room, even when the doors were closed. Designed by Pierre Delbée in 1957 and made within the firm’s ateliers over twenty months by three artisans, the doors were sterling examples of the craftsmanship that was produced in Jansen’s ateliers in the post-World War II era. The main salon was devised as a combination library and Renaissance cabinet of curiosities. The walls were lined with floor-to-ceiling bookcases made of Myroxylon balsamum, or Brazilian red-oil wood, while

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