First Class Staterooms
Empire Rooms C-84
Style was created by French architects Charles Percier and
Pierre Fontaine during the First French Empire (1804-1815) and
was designed to idealize the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte. The
most famous example of the style can be found in the Arc de
Triomphe du Caroussel in Paris.
from Stateroom C-84 at the Marquis of Granby
1998 sale at Sotheby's also included panelling from
one of the Marquis of Granby Hotel's Bedrooms that
was in the Empire Style.
the panelling had been painted white, it appeared to have
come from the same stateroom in the photograph above. The
detail of the carving is seen below
removal of the panelling, as with the other staterooms at
the hotel, revealed the Harland & Wolff fitting out
markings on the back.
It identified the room as having come from Empire Room F on C Deck which was c-84. Thanks to Daniel Klistorner for identifying the panelling as being from C-84.
Hotel's owner told me in 2001 that this panelling had failed
to sell at the 1998 Sotheby's Auction and she subsequently
sold it to a dealer whose name she could not recall. Please
touch if you know where this panelling is now of if
you have any other photos of it, especially of when it was
fitted in the hotel.
The Wardrobe from
wardrobe from Stateroom C-65 was on display at Southampton
Maritime Museum and the woodwork on it indicates that
the cabin it came from was in the Empire Style.
According to the Museum's records, it was donated in 1987
from a old peoples' home in the Shirley area of the city.
This is indicative, along with the presence of some deck
benches from the Olympic turning up in City Parks, that some
items from the ship were taken off during her laying up
between March and October 1935.
I took the
photographs on visits to the museum in 2000 and 2003.
As with the wardrobe
from C-82, the number stencilled by Harland & Wolff's
workers on the back pinpoints exactly was stateroom it came
from. There is also a name written in pencil which is possibly
the name of the craftsman who produced this fine piece of
The Light Fittings
The Marquis of
Granby Hotel also had two light fittings installed in its dining
room. While they were attached to panels that came from the
Georgian Stateroom, their style is completely different to those
in the Shipbuilder illustration of C-86. I think they are
originally from an Empire Style stateroom based on similarities
with their style and the motifs found on the panelling and
The light fittings
when installed at the Marquis of Granby Hotel and their ghostly
outline after their removal for sale.