Monday, May 9, 2011

Vizcaya: Espagnolette

One of the most feminine guest rooms at Vizcaya is named Espagnolette. All of the guest suites were named after historical characters from literature and feature different design styles. Each suite comfortably features a bathroom and ample walk in closet.

This bedroom has access to Mr. Deering's bedroom suite via the balcony so one suspects that his most special female guests were invited to stay, if you get my drift. The room's name fittingly refers to a young decolletee woman from the 18th century, such as the ones depicted by Watteau. While he never married and remained deeply private about his personal affairs, Deering is known to have had several mistresses throughout his lifetime and certainly they were invited to stay at Vizcaya and probably in this suite. Chalfin chose to decorate the room in a romantic Venetian interpretation of French Rococo style. The room features an antique period mantelpiece but the centerpiece remains the magnificent canopied bed.


Kwana said...

Love this room and the history.

The Devoted Classicist said...

This is the style bed that I would refer to as a "lit a la polonaise".

The Down East Dilettante said...

'his most special female guests, if you get my drift'. Uh, yeah, sure, right, if you um, get my drift, wink, wink.

Mr. Deering's recreational preferences aside, it is an exquisite room---no surprise.

Actually, as I think about it, Vizcaya was unusual among many of the great houses in its period in that so few of the bedrooms were intercommunicating. In many of the houses, it is possible to walk through many of the bedrooms without ever having to go to the halls

Nick D said...

Amazing room, thanks!

Lily said...

Absolutely LOVE this room - the furniture, wall mouldings and all!