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The Red Salon

The palace’s most presentable, largest (114 sq. m) and highest (9 m) room. Its three French windows once led to the now-non-existent terrace with stairs descending to the garden. The windows and the doors are adorned with embroidered lambrequins and heavy curtains made of red velvet; in the corner, a giant stove stands, featuring white-and-blue tiles – one of the three such stoves made on special order. Konstanty Zamoyski has gathered there effigies of Polish kings and hetmans – ‘to reinvigorate the hearts’ in the years of national captivity. He did not neglect the glory of his own family, though – placing in the most sumptuous interior portraits of Zamość heirs and heiresses-in-tail. Of the two grand compositions dedicated to Hetman Jan-Karol Chodkiewicz, Chodkiewicz bids farewell to his wife before the Chocim expedition was painted by Józef Oleszkiewicz in 1808; the painting The death of Chodkiewicz near Chocim is ascribed to Franciszek Smuglewicz. Opposite the windows is a pair of portraits, showing Hetman and Chancellor Jan Zamoyski, founder of the Zamość entailed estate and of the family’s powerfulness, and his fourth wife Barbara nee Tarnowska. The central position in the salon is occupied by two semi-circular couches (produced by L. Mergenthaler, Warsaw). Copies of antique sculptures – The wrestlers and Gaul dying are placed on French Louis-XV-style inlaid cabinets; porcelain figurines of Chinamen with their heads tottering. Beside the grand piano is an American pianola (player-piano) from the turn of the 20th century. It is an attachment which plays back the music encoded on a perforated paper tape with the grand piano or upright piano.