I stood next to a decorative sideboard (shown later) to take this picture and looked across the dining table at one of the fireplaces in the room. The other is to the right of where I stood, on the end wall.
Notice anything odd about the piece of furniture to the left of the fireplace?
The mirror was placed near the floor so that ladies in the olden days could check to make sure that their petticoats weren’t showing. That mirror is balanced by one at normal height at the other end of the room.
Looking across the table at the sideboard, you can see the docent in period costume talking to a tour group.
I should have found out what the purpose is for the cylinders on either side. Anybody know?