"It matters not if the connection between base and cornice be maintained by actual pilasters or moldings, or by their painted or woven imitations. The line, and not the substance, is what the eye demands."
The Decoration of Houses, 1897
Edith Wharton & Ogden Codman, Jr
The iconic Institut Guerlain, Paris, decorated by Christian Berard
Fromental's Berard wallcovering... I love the fractured baseboard
Villa Barbaro, trompe l'oeil frescoes by Paolo Verenese... my favorite details are the ceremonial flags in the corners
The Opera Garnier's curtain... this building is one of the most sybaritic works of architecture ever created
The trompe l'oeil dome of Sant'Ignazio di Loyola in Rome... the first time I saw this I couldn't actually believe it wasn't real until I walked around the church
I'm not sure Wharton or Codman was talking about over-scaled bird cages...
or mid-century bars...
but my eye demands both.