Friday 24 July 2015
Chatsworth Part II
Gird up your loins! Another photo-heavy tour of the Chatsworth interior. I rather like this photo I took of some of the lovely plates at Chatsworth. Quite atmospheric. I would LOVE these on my dresser : )
This tea service was just so genteel and delicate. Possibly Meissen (though what do I know?!) It's more likely to be Derby, although none of the later heavy gold patterning.
The Library, which had a rope across so you couldn't go in. Looking at that gorgeous carpet, I'm not surprised.
This is another seat from the Exhibition, based on an 18th C salon chair. Different . . . and at least in keeping with the history of the house. Unlike SOME in this exhibition!
I spent ages looking at these incredible sculptures. You felt they would come alive at any minute. I presume they are black marble (from Belgium?). They were just so beautiful.
Some of these photos are slightly fuzzy, as I would just have to point and click to avoid getting someone in it - as it happens, there's someone in the background, but that's better than the back of someone's head!! Anyway, a beautiful bed and that fabulous wallpaper. I weakened in the gift shop and bought myself a teatowel in that design.
There were many wonderful paintings, but this one (I don't know the artist I'm afraid), was just SO atmospheric. I wonder if it was a Dutch Master who painted it, from the use of the light and the composition.
Another fuzzy bed, but isn't it beautiful? More amazing wallpaper too.
"Prinny" - who became King George IV. This is probably his Coronation picture in fact, with the crown on the table. I
I just loved this vase (or a Japanese brush pot perhaps?) and the wallpaper behind it gives a close up of one of the birds which inhabited all the wallpapers in the house.
I could resist taking a photo of this chap. He looks like a rather different take on Buddha . . .
I just HAD to take a photo of this incredible piece of furniture for my OH. Ebony and mahogany? I would think, and describe it as an Armoire.
Blue John was mined in Derbyshire - there are Blue John Mines open to the public near Castleton. Back in the day, there were chunks big enough to make wonderful goblets and chalices like this. Now there are just small chips and slivers used for jewellery. I have a pendant and a beautiful pair of earrings made from it, and a teaspoon. Mine is the plain purple/lilac/white colour combination, but here there is a lovely amber colouring (shown by the light inside the one on the right).
I know my husband well, and know he would LOVE something like this - AND a house big enough to display it! A wee bit OTT for my tastes . . .
I loved this pair of lions and the expressions on their faces. The one above looks like he has a hangover!
This wee dog was part of a bigger sculpture. He looks like a Pharoah Hound with those ears, but was probably an alert Whippet.
Above and below: Finally, some modern art I actually LIKED. Plus they were in an area where they fitted in (the gallery with the wonderful alabaster sculptures). I loved the organic way the legs flowed into the ground, and the design reminded me of the 60s, and also patchwork quilt designs. The top one was my favourite.
Over the weekend I will try and fit in some photos of the grounds.