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.. The walls of the fauces (a) retain some large areas of decorative plasterwork although the actual decoration is rather faded and indistinct. The fauces leads directly to a square atrium
(b) with rooms off all but its north side. (On this north side the
owner appears to have preferred to allocate the space available to
commercial premises opening directly onto the Lower Decumanus rather
than additional domestic accommodation). ..
.. Immediately to the east of the impluvium
is a richly decorated marble cartibulum or display table (pictured
below with a detail of one of the lions' heads featured on the west side
of the table top pictured lower right). ..
.. The house was
remodelled early in the first century AD with the construction of the peristyle to the rear of the tablinum and redecorated with frescoes in the third style. The third style decoration in the atrium
consists of black, red and yellow panels beneath an upper zone
decorated with architectural motifs on a red ground (pictured right and
.. During the renovation work carried out in the early first century the tablinum appears to have been shortened, enabling the erection of a portico on the east side of the peristyle. The
tablinum is decorated in the third style with black framed panels above
a deep lower red frieze. The room has a fine white mosaic floor with a black border and a decorative threshold (shown below). ..
upper zone is composed of architectural
motifs on a darker red ground. This room (pictured above, below and
opposite) has a dark gray floor ornamented with rows of white marble
.. The peristyle (pictured opposite) was colonnaded on three sides and had a small central garden.
Ranged round the peristyle are a series of family rooms. The workshops
and shops (h) on the north and west sides of the house were added
during the period of remodelling. It seems likely that shop (i) was also
part of the property although there is no direct link. A flight of stairs at No.5 (j) led to the upper
floor at the rear of the house.
The House of the Wooden Partition lies on the west side of Cardo IV
close to its junction with the Lower Decumanus. The house was preserved
to the level of the
third floor. Its facade (pictured below), which ends with a cornice
decorated with ova,
is one of the most sophisticated in the region.
.. The Tuscan order atrium has an inward sloping floor decorated in opus signinum
with a marble lined impluvium complete with a central fountain (pictured below). The simple mosaic
floor indicates that the house was probably built sometime during
the late republican period (first century BC). ..
the north east corner of the atrium is a small cubiculum (c) (pictured below and lower left). The room is decorated in the third style with
blue/green panels on a white ground above a lower red frieze. The room
has a fine black and white mosaic floor and the ceiling is partly
.. Two further cubicula and an ala occupy the south side of the atrium. In the central cubiculum (d) is
displayed the remains of a bed found in the room (pictured opposite). The room itself is decorated in the
third style with red panels and bands set on a black ground. ..
.. At the rear of the atrium is the tablinum (e) which is separated from the atrium by an
elegant wooden partition (pictured above and left). The broad opening off the tablinum onto the peristyle
may have instigated the installation of the partition. The partition, after which the house was named, is composed of a series of panels of which two were hinged
and had bronze handles for ease of opening (pictured below). ..
.. To the left of the tablinum, adjacent to the ala on the south side of the atrium, is the large oecus (f) which has access to the portico on the east side of the peristyle by way of a wide doorway in its north west corner. The room is richly decorated with frescoes in the third style
consisting of black panels on a light red ground above a lower
decorative black frieze. ..