06 March 2012

Chirp, chirp


The Rheinsberg Palace is located in what used to be East Germany. During those years, the castle was used as a convalescent home. The beautiful birds you see here are part of the original silk wallpaper that you can find in one of the rooms. Luckily it was used as a doctor's room, otherwise this paper probably would have been stripped, never to be seen again. A few things of beauty were preserved, at least. Photo taken in November 2011.

9 comments:

  1. Perhaps a little faded,but one can imagine those lively birds chirping away through the years.

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  2. This is lovely. I keep seeing these new (retro) wallpapers and would love to redecorate, which is odd as I've hated wallpaper for many years. But I guess it takes a decade or so to get over a fashion before you can appreciate it again.

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  3. Silk wallpaper. Amazing. I don't think I ever knew it existed. My middle class existence must be showing.

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  4. Frederick II lived in this palace for a number of years in the mid-1700s. When he became king, he gave it to his brother Henry. Fred did a lot to make it more beautiful and "fancy" the place up. He was a lover of music, poetry and art.

    But the East Germans didn't like those kinds of class displays, so we're lucky this wallpaper has survived. I'm not sure the colors of my photo are exactly representative of the true color as the room was only dimly lit to protect the paper and I had to take this shot w/o a flash. The palace has not yet been completely restored. But it's coming along and it's nice to take a peek back into history!

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  5. So many history today, it's a wonderful post!
    I would love visiting there someday.The birds illustration is very romantic!
    Léia

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  6. the artistry is magnificent. Great colors, too. Isn't it amazing and sad how history keeps repeating itself and people keep hating and warring and then become allies and then hate and war again and it never stops and it's all so stupid?!

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  7. This silk wallpaper is amazing!

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  8. This looks like very luxurious wallpaper. Perhaps the silk lasts longer than paper. I remember reading that many people died because of the arsenic in the wallpaper glue.

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