He was close to Gianni Agnelli, the head of Fiat cars, as well as the Roman Prince dado Ruspoli.
Hence, Gianni and dado decided to play a rather morbid joke on their Danish friend.
Victoria walked up to her bedroom; the staircase was papered with a pretty blue and white pattern over a dado of white lincrusta.
There was the same parquet floor, and dado of shiny pitchpine.
In book shelves a gain gives a better appearance than a dado.
Somehow it reminded them of the dado of a nursery wall-paper.
The dado may or may not be varnished; the upper part of the wall can only be "dead" (not varnished—dull).
Knife grooves are made in the waste for starting the saw as in the dado.
Above the dado, and on the wooden panels of ceiling, will be the birds, etc.
It is the background for the furniture, and should be deeper than the dado or wainscoting.