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Corner panel, one of a series entitled “The Four Elements”, of the First Class Salle de Manger (Dining Room) of the Liberté, flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique/The French Line. 1950. Image courtesy the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

Corner panel, one of a series entitled “The Four Elements”, of the First Class Salle de Manger (Dining Room) of the Liberté, flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique/The French Line. 1950. Image courtesy the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

Passengers enjoy socializing in The Social Hall on the S.S. Leviathan of the United States Lines circa 1923. Like all the other rooms of the Leviathan this one has decorations for both winter and summer. The summer curtains will be of the hand-blocked linen with bouquets taken from a famous Van Hueysen flower painting. There is also a magnificent lacquered screen, especially painted by Robert W. Chandler. The carpets were especially woven and copied from some of the most famous Persian rugs.

Passengers enjoy socializing in The Social Hall on the S.S. Leviathan of the United States Lines circa 1923. Like all the other rooms of the Leviathan this one has decorations for both winter and summer. The summer curtains will be of the hand-blocked linen with bouquets taken from a famous Van Hueysen flower painting. There is also a magnificent lacquered screen, especially painted by Robert W. Chandler. The carpets were especially woven and copied from some of the most famous Persian rugs.

The First Class Fumoir (Smoking Room) of the steamship Antilles of Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, more commonly known as The French Line. 1953. Note the deep well of the plafond (ceiling), with frieze of sculpted plaster. Image courtesy the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

The First Class Fumoir (Smoking Room) of the steamship Antilles of Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, more commonly known as The French Line. 1953. Note the deep well of the plafond (ceiling), with frieze of sculpted plaster. Image courtesy the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

First class dining room on Royal Mail Line's Alcantara--pre WWII

First class dining room on Royal Mail Line's Alcantara--pre WWII

The First Class Salle a Manger (Dining Room) on board the refurbished, post-War Ile de France (1949), restored as the flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, more commonly known to English-language passengers as The French Line.  Image from the Private Collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

The First Class Salle a Manger (Dining Room) on board the refurbished, post-War Ile de France (1949), restored as the flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, more commonly known to English-language passengers as The French Line. Image from the Private Collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

The dining saloon on Matson Lines  s.s Lurline (1932)  (after post war refit.)

The dining saloon on Matson Lines s.s Lurline (1932) (after post war refit.)

The Second Class Gesellschaftshalle (Social Hall-Lounge) of the steamship Europa, consort flagship of the Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd). 1930. Image courtesy the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

The Second Class Gesellschaftshalle (Social Hall-Lounge) of the steamship Europa, consort flagship of the Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd). 1930. Image courtesy the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

The Ritz-Carlton of the Leviathan. The ship's architect was the Ecole de Beaux-Arts trained Charles Mewes. His interiors are unmatched in traditional ship-building design.

The Ritz-Carlton of the Leviathan. The ship's architect was the Ecole de Beaux-Arts trained Charles Mewes. His interiors are unmatched in traditional ship-building design.

The steamship Paris of 1916, aristocratic former flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique/The French Line, photographed in New York City in the latter half of the 1930’s. As is evident, the three funnels were grouped to close together, a default that marred the vessel’s stately external profile (and one that was immediately corrected on her successor, Ile de France). From the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

The steamship Paris of 1916, aristocratic former flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique/The French Line, photographed in New York City in the latter half of the 1930’s. As is evident, the three funnels were grouped to close together, a default that marred the vessel’s stately external profile (and one that was immediately corrected on her successor, Ile de France). From the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

The elegant First Class Café-Terrasse of the France of 1912, flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique/The French Line. This space was quietly inspired by a similar feature on Cunard's Mauretania of 1906. From the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

The elegant First Class Café-Terrasse of the France of 1912, flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique/The French Line. This space was quietly inspired by a similar feature on Cunard's Mauretania of 1906. From the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

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