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Rhode Island History Online Directory Initiative - Notes from the Field: Clouds Hill House Museum
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Notes from the Field: Clouds Hill House Museum

Categories // Field Notes, Updates, Categories, July 2013

Clouds Hill magnificent porch

High atop a beautiful hill in Warwick, RI, sits the Clouds Hill House Museum, perched in all its stoic glory among luscious gardens and shady trees, harkening from something out of a children’s storybook. The long, winding driveway up the hill only reveals the first glimpse of the house upon its final bend, and in June, one can’t help but be struck by the beauty of huge, white porch curtains, blowing freely in the wind.

Anne Holst, one of the last descendants of the Slater family to still reside at Clouds Hill, her childhood home, hosts teas for visitors on beautiful afternoons on this porch

Anne Holst, one of the last descendants of the Slater family to still reside at Clouds Hill, which was her childhood home, hosts regular Teas for visitors on beautiful afternoons on this porch.

And yet, this beauty is not unmatched by the ornamentation and designs of the house within. Stepping through the front doors, one’s jaw drops even a bit further.

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The design and decor of the interior rooms of Clouds Hill feature various themes throughout the house. Close to the entry hall is the Egyptian themed reception room, lauded as one of the most important Egyptian-inspired interior design in North America, featuring a beautifully hand-painted frieze of Egyptian calligraphics, a fireplace surround adorned by two Egyptian handmaiden statues, and custom designed furniture pieces featuring an Egyptian Pharaoh’s head and other ornamentation carved for decoration.
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Adjacent to the Egyptian reception room is the dining hall, where the theme is ostensibly characterized by water foul. Carved and painted birds of all varieties are perched or hung (see photo of the copper quail wall-hanging) throughout the room, each with its own significance or symbolism which would have been understood by any guest visiting the house a century ago.

The Old English used to think that game, hung and left to rot in its post-rigamortis state, would become tenderized and better to eat. They would then grind it up for chutney. This is a copper wall sculpture of this culinary practice.

The Old English used to think that game, hung and left to rot in its post-rigamortis state, would become tenderized and better to eat. They would then grind it up for chutney. This is a copper wall sculpture of this culinary practice.

The universal symbol for hospitality - the Pelican - adorns all the dining hutch leg-posts.

The universal symbol for hospitality – the Pelican – adorns all the dining hutch leg-posts.

 

Water birds ornamentation on the china collection.

Water bird ornamentation on the china collection.

While the Clouds Hill estate is still a residence for the latest descendants of the original Slater family, the main house is open for public tours. Make sure not to miss the ‘gator lounging in the attic billiards room when you visit!

I think he took my seat...

I think he took my seat…

The Rhode Island Historical Society’s RHODI Project is funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Scholarly Communication and Information Technology Program.


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