The First Class grand staircase is Titanic’s most recognizable feature and descended through most decks from the Boat Deck all the way down to F Deck where the Turkish Baths were located. It was predominantly decorated in the William and Mary style where dignified oak paneling was enriched with exquisite carvings of fruit and foliage in the Grinling Gibbons style.
At the Boat Deck level the staircase sat beneath a large wrought iron and glass dome, at the centre of which was a magnificent, 50-light crystal chandelier. Immediately below, at the foot of the A Deck landing was a pedestal upon which stood a cherub holding up a torch candelabrum above its head.
The grand staircase was perhaps the heart of First Class where every passenger would traverse either on their way to their stateroom, the Lounge or one of the many other public rooms. Here passengers would bump into old friends or make new acquaintances.