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Herculaneum IV.19. Casa della Stoffa or House of the Cloth, linked to stairs to upper floor at IV.20.

Excavated 1930-31.

 

According to Wallace-Hadrill, this was a shop or workshop area with stairs to upper floor. It had a passage leading to a small courtyard and five rooms. The largest room had black ground decoration and polychrome marble floor. There were traces of decoration in the rooms of the upper floor.

See Wallace-Hadrill, A., 1994. Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum. New Jersey: Princeton U.P. (p.201).

 

Maiuri wrote, this was a dwelling and workshop of artisans, possibly either cloth-makers or cloth-merchants. In the simple room at the entrance which was used as a shop, there was a stove, a dozen amphorae and a large mortar.  Adjoining this was a large room with remains of paintings in the IV style. To the rear was a small room where pieces of material were shown (?1936 edition of book?), their design still recognisable. A short corridor led to several rooms and a latrine illuminated by a light-well. The arrangement of the stairs is unusual in this house: there is a large staircase with a street entrance that leads to the upper floor and beneath it a smaller one leads up from the shop to a mezzanine room.

See Maiuri, Amedeo, (1977). Herculaneum. 7th English ed, of Guide books to the Museums Galleries and Monuments of Italy, No.53 (p.60).

 

According to Pesando and Guidobaldi, the name of this house was derived from the finding of some widths of cloth in room 3.

Replicas of these had been on display in room 2, of the House of the Wooden Screen, but were not the original.

See Pesando, F. and Guidobaldi, M.P. (2006). Pompei, Oplontis, Ercolano, Stabiae. Editori Laterza, (p.338)

 

Herculaneum IV.19. Plan of Casa della Stoffa or House of the Cloth.

Herculaneum IV.19. Plan of Casa della Stoffa or House of the Cloth.

 

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Cardo V Inferiore, Herculaneum, May 2001. Looking south, on the right is the doorway to IV.19.

Photo courtesy of Current Archaeology.

 

IV.20, on left, and IV.19, on right, Herculaneum. September 2015. Looking west towards entrance doorways. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

IV.20, on left, and IV.19, on right, Herculaneum. September 2015. Looking west towards entrance doorways.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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IV.19 Herculaneum, October 2012. Entrance doorway, looking west. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

IV.20 and 19 Herculaneum. May 2010. (20 steps to upper floor, 19 Casa della Stoffa).

IV.20 and 19 Herculaneum. May 2010. (20 on left, steps to upper floor, 19 Casa della Stoffa), doorway on right.

 

IV.20, Herculaneum, October 2012. Steps from street to upper floor, photo taken from IV.19. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

IV.20, Herculaneum, October 2012. Steps from street to upper floor, photo taken from IV.19.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

IV.20, Herculaneum. May 2010. Steps from street to upper floor, photo taken from IV.19.

IV.20, Herculaneum. May 2010. Steps from street to upper floor, photo taken from IV.19.

 

IV.19 Herculaneum. May 2010. Looking towards south-west corner.

IV.19 Herculaneum. May 2010. Looking towards south-west corner.

 

IV.19 Herculaneum. August 2013. Stone steps in south-west corner, leading to a mezzanine room. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

IV.19 Herculaneum. August 2013. Stone steps in south-west corner, leading to a mezzanine room.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

IV.19 Herculaneum. May 2010. Looking towards west wall.

IV.19 Herculaneum. May 2010. Looking towards west wall.

 

IV.19 Herculaneum. August 2013. Doorway to rear room 3, on left, where widths of cloth were found, and corridor to rear. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

IV.19 Herculaneum. August 2013.

Doorway to rear room 3 in west wall, on left, where widths of cloth were found, and corridor to rear.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

IV.19 Herculaneum. 1972.  Various fibres of cloths (not necessarily the ones found in this house).
Photo taken in Naples Archaeological Museum. Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.
Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details. J72f0521

IV.19 Herculaneum. 1972.  Various fibres of cloths (not necessarily the ones found in this house).

Photo taken in Naples Archaeological Museum. Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.

Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non- Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details.

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IV.19 Herculaneum. August 2013. Upper west wall. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

IV.19 Herculaneum. August 2013. Upper west wall. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

IV.19 Herculaneum, May 2004. Room 2, looking towards south-west corner with remains of III style painting.

IV.19 Herculaneum, May 2004. Room 2, looking towards south-west corner with remains of III style painting.

 

IV.19, Herculaneum, August 2013. Room 2, detail of painting from south-west corner.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

IV.19, Herculaneum, August 2013. Room 2, detail of painting from south-west corner.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

IV.19 Herculaneum, October 2012. Room 2, detail of painting from south-west corner.
Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

IV.19 Herculaneum, October 2012. Room 2, detail of painting from south-west corner.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

IV.19, Herculaneum, October 2001. Looking towards the south-west corner of room 2. Photo courtesy of Peter Woods.

IV.19, Herculaneum, October 2001.

Looking towards the south-west corner of room 2.

Photo courtesy of Peter Woods.

 

IV.4 Herculaneum. September 2015. Room 16, south wall.

IV.19 Herculaneum. September 2015. Room 16 of IV.4, south wall of triclinium, looking south over wall towards rear of IV.19.

 

IV.19 Herculaneum. October 2014. Looking south-east towards part of the rear rooms, from south wall of triclinium 16, in IV.4. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

IV.19 Herculaneum. October 2014. Looking south-east towards part of the rear rooms, from south wall of triclinium 16, in IV.4.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

IV.19 Herculaneum, October 2014. Looking south towards to doorway of room 6, rooms at rear of iv.19, photo taken from room 16.  triclinium of IV.4. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

IV.19 Herculaneum, October 2014. Looking south towards to doorway of room 6, rooms at rear of iv.19, photo taken from room 16.  triclinium of IV.4.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

IV.19 Herculaneum, October 2014. Looking towards doorway of room 6 on right, at rear of iv.19, and doorway to room 5, centre left. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

IV.19 Herculaneum, October 2014. Looking towards doorway of room 6 on right, at rear of iv.19, and doorway to room 5, centre left.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.