Living Room, Hipolit House, Kraków

The 19th-century burghers' living room was the most elegant room, indicating the social standing of the home owners. It is decorated with a set of neo-rococo furniture from the end of the 19th century. Next to these is a magnificent set of Biedermeier Hamburg-type furniture. The set is dominated by a large sofa and piano, on which there are a cashmere scarf, candle holders, and photographs in decorative frames. In the corner is a cabinet filled with sentimental trinkets and valuable objects made of glass or silver. Among these items is a miniature bust of Dante Alighieri, German figurines depicting the Muses Calliope and Melpomene, a small tumbler made of ruby glass with a picture of St. Mary's Basilica, and a miniature of the Grunwaldzki monument. Paintings, kilims, and divans hang on the walls. The portrait of Władysław Rossowski's children and the 1840 kilim with a flower vase motif imported from the borderlands are particularly valuable. Also distinctive is the double 'karamani' kilim with Turkish motifs. An interesting feature of this room is the remnants of Baroque polychrome in the form of a painted balustrade above which divans used to hang.

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