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Variant designs for furniture in the drawing room (2)

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The drawing room furnishings are shown in drawings 109 and 110. Drawing 109 has variant designs for the pull-up curtains, pier-tables and mirrors. The room is lined with yellow chairs. Drawing 110 shows variant designs for the mirrors on the south wall. Both mirrors fit between the windows and sit below a decorative panel, the left-hand side panel having an urn surrounded by arabesques and the right-hand side panel with arabesques and two griffons.

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