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Caramoor

Caramoor, country estate of Walter Tower Rosen and his wife, Lucie Bigelow Rosen, built between 1929 and 1939, is now a house museum displaying an impressive collection of interior furnishings. The House Museum built around a central courtyard resembles a Mediterranean villa. It showcases the collection the Rosens had amassed through the years: Renaissance, 18th century, and Eastern art objects and furnishings - tapestries, sculpture, paintings, textiles, furniture, exquisite wall coverings, stained glass, Urbino Maiolica, and a major jade collection. Entire rooms were imported from European palaces and country manors.

The Collection

Twenty magnificent rooms at the House Museum are open to the public, filled with the extraordinary collection Mr. and Mrs. Rosen amassed through the years: paintings, sculpture, tapestries, stained glass, furniture, cloisonné, and an important jade collection.

The 17th century Burgundian Library, exceptional for its vaulted, periwinkle-blue ceiling decorated with 13 biblical scenes. Walls and doors are decorated with 65 additional paintings.

Of special note is the lovely Reception Room, with exquisite hand painted 18th century wallpaper from China, and a suite of 18th century furniture, from a Venetian dressmaker's shop.

The restored Cabinet Room consisting of lacquered panels, created for the Palazzo Riccasoli in Turin in the middle of the 18th century. Very few of these once numerous lacquered rooms have survived, though they were very fashionable in England, France, Portugal and Germany as well as in Italy.

The Dining Room, lined in stunning 18th century Chinese wallpaper, made for the European market, contains a set of fourteen exquisite red-lacquered chairs, built by the English cabinetmaker Giles Grendey for the Duke of Infantado's castle of Lazcano near San Sebastian, Spain. Also in the Dining Room is an outstanding eight-fold Chinese screen with 40 panels of carved spinach-green jade set in an original carved teak frame. The screen, considered unique, depicts the Hills of Immortality, the paradise of Taoist religion.

The palatial Music Room contains sculptures, paintings, 16th century tapestries, wrought iron, stained glass, and carved pilasters and an outstanding collection of Urbino Maiolica. Bergeres, sofas and tabourets are upholstered in a needlework cornucopia of fruit and foliage. Wonderful wood carving decorates the sgabelli, chests, credenzas, trestle tables and a magnificent cassapanca created for the marriage of Piero di Bracio Alberti and Cassandra Dino in Florence in 1599. Among the fine art works are a very fine 13th century Head of Kuan Yin, a painting by Lucas Cranach (1472-1533), tin-enameled terra cotta reliefs from the workshop of Andrea della Robbia (1437-1528).

In the Master Bedroom the huge gilded bed which once belonged to Cardinal Barberini, later Pope Urban VIII, (1568-1644) takes center stage. In this room, as elsewhere throughout the house, are displayed photographs and portraits of family members, reminding the visitor that the House Museum was originally a family home.

Gardens

Visitors to Caramoor are usually astounded by the unique gardens found at this world-famous music venue.

The Caramoor estate sprawls over 80 lovely acres that were designed to be a jewel-like setting for musical events held there, as well as a place for pleasurable strolling and picnicking. Unlike other gardens in the area, Caramoor's were planned to enhance the site's Renaissance sensibility. The restoration and expansion of the gardens have been undertaken by the Caramoor Garden Guild, which is in charge of planting, maintaining and enhancing six major garden areas.

Visiting Caramoor

The House Museum tours from early May thru late October Wednesday through Sunday, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, last tour at 3:00 pm.

Specifics on visiting Caramoor were correct at time of publication. We would suggest that you confirm dates and times prior to your visit.
 
 
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