(a) opens off the south side of the Via
(pictured opposite and lower left). It is decorated in the third style
with yellow central panels flanked by red side panels above a lower
black decorated frieze. The side panels feature small landscapes while
the upper zone consists of a layer of coarse gray plaster. The fauces
leads directly to a large rectangular atrium
(b) with rooms off three sides. In the centre of the atrium
is an impluvium the base of which is decorated with coloured marbles (pictured below). ....
lies directly underneath its counterpart in the roof, the compluvium
which has recently been restored complete with its rainwater spouts
(pictured opposite).On the east and west sides of the atrium are a series of cubicula
(c). The two cubicula on the east side are decorated in the third
style, the decoration of the smaller of the two in the north east corner
consisting of a central aedicula with floating swans in the side fields
all on a black ground. The decoration in the larger cubiculum consists
of flowers and floating figures on a purple ground.
on the west side are also decorated in the third style, the decoration
in both consisting of red panels on a black ground above a lower black
Completing the rooms ranged round the atrium is a small storeroom (d) off the south east corner and in the centre of the south side, the tablinum
(e). The tablinum is fully open on its north and south sides, thus
providing a wide passageway from the atrium to the garden area. The room
was undecorated at the time of the eruption.
the south side of the impluvium
is the marble table tripod which gave
the house its name (pictured below and lower left). The legs consist of a
lion's foot topped with a lion's head with a square cap to support the marble
table top. On the top of one of the legs is the legend P(UBLIUS) CASCA LONG(INUS)...
The room (h) opening off the west side of the open area is
also lacking in decoration and appears to have been used latterly as a
At the rear of the property is the garden area (k) which seems to have been abandoned prior to the eruption. To the east of the
garden, are two rooms (l) and (m) both of which retain some of wall decoration, but appear to have
been abandoned, possibly due to structural damage caused by the
earthquake ten years previously...