Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cercle de Aix-Les-Bains

Parisian architect Abel Boudier designed the Grand Casino for Victor Emmanuel II and it opened in 1850. It was substantially expanded over the years and it was even used as a hospital during World War I.


Salviati decorated the vaulted ceiling of the dome of the South Hall with 300 sq meters of mosaics in 1882-83 after cartoons by Charles Lameire.

Amongst the designs are the twelve symbols of the zodiac, the four seasons, two angels, flora and other stylized motifs.

In 1936, architect Charles Siclis whitewashed much of the interior decoration; however, after a fire in 1963 and further remodeling in the 1980's, the casino has been restored to its former glory.

Barr, Sheldon. Venetian Glass Mosaics: 1860-1917. London: Antique Collectors' Club, 2008. 129.
Lemoine, Bertrand and Alexandra Bonfante Warren. Architecture in France 1800-1900. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998. 99.
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