So far I've built the Mauretania's smoking room including the booths, wagon headed roof, 4th funnel, air vents and some furnishings. This completes the larger part of the interior. I could continue and finish the remaining part but I want to switch to mapping the materials, I've been in this room for several weeks now and I want to see some colour.
It's proving difficult to find any reference to the colour scheme of the textiles, there were no tinted images in the Shipbuilder nor any reference in its descriptions.
In Mauretania - Triumph and Resurrection Peter Newall states the fireplace was lined with green marble, so I'm going with green. Newall also gives the wood texture, French Walnut, as well as providing contemporary colour images of the Smoking Room doors, these are now at the entrance to Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios. A copy of Peter's book is held in the searchroom Library at Tyne and Wear Archives. From the Shipbuilder I've found the roof and the plaster work were coloured vellum.
The Dolphin Frieze framing the Smoking Room
Christies actioned a section of the Dolphin frieze in 2004 that measured 15.2cm x 71.3cm It was, 'carved from a single piece of French walnut and depicts dolphins supporting a scallop shell on the right side and another supporting a torchier on the left side. At the center is an ancanthus decoration supported by a scroll motif.' - Christies
Left I've flipped the image to make a texture that will seamlessly repeat. I've also polished the wood a bit.
Below are the repeating textures I've decided to work with, changing the pink palate for the more likely green palate.
French Walnut Sofa's and Armchairs Chairs Plaster Carpet Carved Scales
Reproducing the Reliefs - Arched Windows and Fireplace
Garlands, swags, ribbons and casts of male faces repeat at regular intervals above the arched window tops. Their detail and size make their reproduction more suitable as an image, as opposed to model parts. To the left is the original image and a new colour version I've made in Photoshop, this will be mapped to a flat surface.
Bottom left is the carved relief of the fireplace and again my version. Below are the glass plates, hover over to see where the materials fit in the images.
Other materials needed to complete the model include; the wall panels, marquetry frames, green marble, coving and small swatches for various accessories. With these materials I'm now ready to begin texturing.