Its splendid halls and suites of spacious apartments are floored with a mosaic-work of costly marbles; its windows, the whole height of each room, admit the sunshine through the most transparent of plate-glass; its high cornices
are gilded, and its ceilings gorgeously painted; and a lofty dome--through which, from the central pavement, you may gaze up to the sky, as with no obstructing medium between--surmounts the whole.
There are rudimentary bow-windows, cornices
, chimneys, demarcations of stories, etc.
It was a broad panelled staircase, with massive balustrades of some dark wood; cornices
above the doors, ornamented with carved fruit and flowers; and broad seats in the windows.
A second group of artists disposed themselves on these long appendages, then a third above these, then a fourth, until a human monument reaching to the very cornices
of the theatre soon arose on top of the noses.
They went into the chateau; there was nothing but gilding, high and low; the cornices
were gilt, the mouldings were gilt, the legs and arms of the chairs were gilt.
The floors, walls, and ceiling were of burnished silver; the doors, the window frames, the cornices
, the balustrades and the steps of the staircase, of pure gold; and silver, with gold bottoms, were the chairs, and gold, standing on silver legs, the high chests of drawers, and silver the bedsteads, with blankets of woven gold, and sheets of silver tissue.
The gables are turned to the front, and there are cornices
, as big as all the rest of the house, over the eaves and over the main doors.
All the houses nearly are one-and two-story, made of thick walls of stone, plastered outside, square as a dry-goods box, flat as a floor on top, no cornices
, whitewashed all over--a crowded city of snowy tombs
The crowd grew more dense every moment, and, like water, which rises above its normal level, began to mount along the walls, to swell around the pillars, to spread out on the entablatures, on the cornices
, on the window-sills, on all the salient points of the architecture, on all the reliefs of the sculpture.
Fouquet, but the musketeer was very weary even of feigning to fall asleep, and as soon as earliest dawn illumined with its gloomy gleams of light the sumptuous cornices
of the superintendent's room, D'Artagnan rose from his armchair, arranged his sword, brushed his coat and hat with his sleeve, like a private soldier getting ready for inspection.
There were dirty trays, and wine-coolers en permanence on the sideboard, huge dirty gilt cornices
, with dingy yellow satin hangings to the barred windows which looked into Cursitor Street-- vast and dirty gilt picture frames surrounding pieces sporting and sacred, all of which works were by the greatest masters--and fetched the greatest prices, too, in the bill transactions, in the course of which they were sold and bought over and over again.
The palazzo suddenly seemed so obtrusively old and dirty, the spots on the curtains, the cracks in the floors, the broken plaster on the cornices
became so disagreeably obvious, and the everlasting sameness of Golenishtchev, and the Italian professor and the German traveler became so wearisome, that they had to make some change.