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Chapter 18 - The Italy Staircase: It was handed over to Dr. Roque Sáenz Peña during his diplomatic mission to Italy.
Facing west, it is named after the marble and bronze plaque observed on its landing, a gift from the city of Rome to the municipality of Buenos Aires on the occasion of the Centenary of the May Revolution, as a symbol of fraternity between the two nations. It was handed over to Dr. Roque Sáenz Peña during his diplomatic mission to Italy.
It has characteristics similar to the Francestaircase, it also flanks the large entrance hall to the House through the esplanade and leads to the halls on the first floor. It is mainly used for the entrance of visitors attending events in the White Room.
The decorated ceilings feature the original Italian fillet wall painting. On the driveshaft, on a Victorian table, there is a reduced replica, in cast bronze and patinated, of one of the two horses that in the 18th century adorned the entrance to the castle of Louis XIV, located in Marly-le-Roi, and which are currently in the Louvre Museum.
The ornamental luminaires, in bronze with French designs, were placed at the end of the 19th century when the electric light was installed in the House that replaced the gas lighting.
Publication Date: 06/10/2019
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