Round Chinese Cabinet at Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna
Nothing creates more impact than displaying a collection, particularly one of porcelain, en masse. In the 18th c., some of the European palaces had porcelain cabinets and chambers- rooms in which the palace's collection of porcelain was displayed. Many of these porcelain rooms were decorated with ornate gilt brackets on which the pieces of porcelain were placed.
Of course, the grandeur of these rooms is not necessarily something to which the modern homeowner aspires. However, the grouping of brackets and objets certainly creates just as much visual impact today as it did centuries ago. Just look at the way this idea was applied in rooms designed by Jansen and Syrie Maugham.
The moral of the story? Sometimes in design it's better to be bold, especially with collections. You can always show restraint in other areas!
Porcelain Chamber from Dubsky Palace,Brno, now located in the MAK Museum, Vienna.
Part of a Porcelain Cabinet from a German palace, c. 1738, now located at Schloss St. Emmeram in Bavaria
Moody drama in a room designed by legend Syrie Maugham
Jayne Wrightsman in her Palm Beach library, designed by Maison Jansen (1959)