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Stereocard:  Grand Salon 

Square mount on buff color card

Photographer:  C.C. Giers

Date:  1867 -1877

Size: 6 7/8" by 3 3/8"

Provenance:  Descended in the Giers family

2016.01.35  BMA purchase                       

 

Stereocard:  Grand Salon with bay window 

Square mount on buff color card

Photographer:  C.C. Giers

Date:  1867 -1877

Size: 6 7/8" by 3 3/8"

Provenance:  Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham; to her son, Joseph H. Acklen; to his son, Robert Livingston Acklen; to Belmont Mansion Association by purchase.

2005.05.1XX  BMA purchase                       

 

Stereocard:  Grand Salon wide view

Square mount on buff color card

Photographer:  C. C. Giers

Date:  1867 -1877

Size: 6 7/8" by 3 3/8"

Gift of John Kaiser

Grand Salon (Stereocards)

  • Belmont Mansion’s most elaborate room, the Grand Salon, was built between 1859-1860. To date, there are four known photographs of the room, all made by local photographer C.C. Giers between 1867-1877. The four images appear to have been made on the same day and each one shows a slightly different view of the room. The room was the largest and grandest in the home which justifies its photographic attention.  The photographs feature the east end of the Grand Salon and the statue the Peri, by sculptor Joseph Mozier.

     

    These images provide interesting insight into the way “the Hall”, as it is referred to in family letters, was furnished. The furniture featured in the photographs spans several decades, from a pair of neoclassical center tables, most likely from Fairvue, the home Adelicia shared with her first husband, to the most modern Hunzinger Chair.  This wide range of furniture eras also captures the every-evolving stylistic trends, moving from the neoclassical period, to Rococo to the Elizabethan revival. 

    The furniture also reveals another popular 1850s trend: the Conservatory.  Conservatories were often built connecting public spaces in a grand home and were filled with fountains, plants and statues.  While there are no potted plants in the Grand Salon, several additional features bring a conservatory feel to the room.  The most obvious of these features is the large fountain featured in the bay window. Furthermore, the northern wall of windows has the effect of an orangery.  Most interesting is the use of the bent- steel furniture in the room.  This type of furniture is exclusively associated with conservatories and outdoor spaces. The sofas and chairs seen in the photographs are identical to Francois A. Carre’s United States garden chair patent.  The pieces were made by Lalance and Grosjean of New York in the mid-19th century. 

     

    In addition to the four photographs of the Grand Salon, Giers also took photographs of Belmont Mansion’s Front Hall. The two Front Hall images features Adelicia’s statue Ruth Gleaning, as well as Sleeping Children, two pieces se acquired on her Grand Tour of Europe.

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GPS ADDRESS

Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue 

Nashville, TN 37212

MAILING ADDRESS

1900 Belmont Blvd

Nashville, TN 37212

615-460-5459

Photos by Ed Houk

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