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Shell and pebble mosaics in the grottoes of Palazzo Borromeo

Shell and pebble mosaics in the grottoes of Palazzo Borromeo, Isola Bella

Shell Grotto, Borromea Palace on Lake Maggiore, Lombardy, Italy. The grotto consists of a series of six rooms, and were first conceived in 1685, by Vitaliano the Sixth, with the aid of the architect Filippo Cagnulo. It took 100 years to complete them.In the cavern-like coolness, the rooms provide a refuge from the summer heat. Every inch of space, including ceilings, floors, and archways, is covered in a mosaic of black and white shells and pebbles.

Shell Grotto, Borromea Palace on Lake Maggiore, Lombardy, Italy. The grotto consists of a series of six rooms, and were first conceived in 1685, by Vitaliano the Sixth, with the aid of the architect Filippo Cagnulo. It took 100 years to complete them.In the cavern-like coolness, the rooms provide a refuge from the summer heat. Every inch of space, including ceilings, floors, and archways, is covered in a mosaic of black and white shells and pebbles.

Château de Rambouillet

Southern Folk Artist & Antiques Dealer/Collector: Shell Thatched Cottage at the Château de Rambouillet

Shell Grotto, Borromea Palace on Lake Maggiore, Lombardy, Italy. The grotto consists of a series of six rooms, and were first conceived in 1685, by Vitaliano the Sixth, with the aid of the architect Filippo Cagnulo. It took 100 years to complete them.In the cavern-like coolness, the rooms provide a refuge from the summer heat. Every inch of space, including ceilings, floors, and archways, is covered in a mosaic of black and white shells and pebbles.

Shell Grotto, Borromea Palace on Lake Maggiore, Lombardy, Italy. The grotto consists of a series of six rooms, and were first conceived in 1685, by Vitaliano the Sixth, with the aid of the architect Filippo Cagnulo. It took 100 years to complete them.In the cavern-like coolness, the rooms provide a refuge from the summer heat. Every inch of space, including ceilings, floors, and archways, is covered in a mosaic of black and white shells and pebbles.

The Nymphaeum, Lainate, near Milan, Italy. Built 1580-1590, by Pirro I of the Borromeo-Visconti family to house his treasures. Designed by the architect Martino Bassi, it mainly comprises of mosaics of Ligurian black limestone & quartz from Tucino, but also has a room decorated with stalactites and shells and concealed water jets to surprise visitors.

The Nymphaeum, Lainate, near Milan, Italy. Built 1580-1590, by Pirro I of the Borromeo-Visconti family to house his treasures. Designed by the architect Martino Bassi, it mainly comprises of mosaics of Ligurian black limestone & quartz from Tucino, but also has a room decorated with stalactites and shells and concealed water jets to surprise visitors.

Munich Residence served as the seat of government and residence of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings from 1508 to 1918 Beginning in 1583, Duke Wilhelm V built the Grottenhof (Grotto Courtyard), a gardened court next to the Antiquarium, complete with fountain and shell decoration. It was inspired by Italian Renaissance gardens and designed by Friedrich Sustris.

Munich Residence served as the seat of government and residence of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings from 1508 to 1918

Linda Fenwick Shell Design

Linda Fenwick Shell Design

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