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Design Details from Ringwood Manor

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Painting from a Louis IV wardrobe in Mrs. Hewitt's bedroom. Mrs. Hewitt had a matching set, including a bed, daybed, vanity and dresser with Rococo paintings and carvings reminiscent of Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

An incomplete dresser pull from a drawer in the hallway between Miss Sally's bedroom and bath. This is an example of the exquisite detail that exists in the manor house. It is approximately 1" in diameter.

Wooden carving 0n Mrs. Hewitt's French Louis IV Revival mirror on the vanity. The set is cracking and flaking due to lack of temperature control in Ringwood Manor. Each piece of the set has cupid reliefs and paintings, Rococco images reminiscent of Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

A detail of the wallpaper in the music room. It was ordered in France by Mrs. Hewitt before her death but World War I intervened. It was not delivered until 1920, 8 years after her death. Each panel of the wallpaper is individually painted. It is cracking and peeling in some places.

A few cups from one of three large display cases of unidentified china. Generally, the design objects left behind by the Hewitts (except for the fixtures) were their second or third-best: Ringwood Manor was their summer home.

Hooked rag rug next to the bed in the Ryerson nursery. Hooked rag rugs were made with pieces of cloth woven into a net background. They are similar to folk art.

Image from the red rug in the blue music room. The face of a pug dog can be seen here as well as in other patterns in this rug. Like many of the other carpets at Ringwood Manor, it is complex and also very large.

Brass light fixture in the diningroom. These dragons line the walls and were lit with acetylene gas pumped in from a generating plant outside the house. It was an unusual method for lighting the house, but fortunately it never exploded.

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