Villa Alba Museum

The Main Entry Hall (the front hall)

The ceiling decoration depends largely on trompe l’oeil techniques, said to be in “the Italian style”. It includes illusionistic ceiling roses and features cupids holding a shield on which was painted Mr. Greenlaw’s crest.

The walls were broken up into the fashionable frieze, filling and dado zones. The frieze is decorated with armorini engaged in photography, gold mining, shifting the wool clip, cricket and football. The filling section is decorated with a stencilled design of horse chestnut leaves simulating silk damask. Geometric stencils and gilding feature in the dado beneath. The decoration is now enhanced by a recently installed Victorian light fitting.

 

Entrance Hall

The entrance hall

Cornice Detail

Detail of the frieze