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Fonthill Castle

Portiere

A Portiere is a curtain hung over a door or doorway. This doorway arches over a staircase connecting the Gallery to the Breakfast Room. There was a ledge up in the Breakfast Room where the curtain was stacked to clear the stairway passage.  When the portiere is pulled across the archway the fabric drops to the top of the stair and protects the room from cold drafts.