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The Grand Staircase

The decoration of the staircase was a curious combination of styles. The paneling and woodwork were made by master craftsmen in the English William and Mary style. To this was added iron banister grillwork and ormolu garlands inspired by the French court of Louis XIV.


Typical of the times, a bronze cherub held aloft a lamp to light the landings of the staircase. Many years earlier, lamp stands had been placed at the foot of staircases for safety, but with dozens of gilded crystal chandeliers lighting Titanic's entrance halls and staircases, the cherubs on Titanic were very ornamental.

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Taken on February 12, 2009