We cracked on with sorting out the two boxes with our big hi-fi in (won in a competition many years back) today, and put them away in the 1750 coffer in the Library. Then I was able to finally move things around and get this room more ship-shape (though more is planned to change lighting). The big coffee table is one we are "looking after" for Gabby who has no room for it in her city flat. Elements of this room were elsewhere in our old house - the beautifully carved modified mule chest at the end of the room used to live in the blue bedroom before, which is a shame as it is such a beautiful piece of furniture. It has two simplistic dragons on two of the panels which tie in well with the Japanese candlesticks sat on it, and the dragon-wrapped vase in the centre. That came from stock!
The paintings of Venice used to be in the Morning Room too. The little jade coloured foal was in stock but I fell in love with him and he is going nowhere. The carved figure in the hearth is a Chinese Immortal and was in a couple of places in the old house, but had ended up down in mum's flat, gathering dust. Beside him is a little wooden Buddha with a split base. The lady who lived here before had lots of Buddha's and there is a HUGE one by the pond still, which she may come back for. The little joint stool on the right was in our bedroom, and the Chinoiserie lamp was in our sitting room.
The sword was in the sitting room before and will be going into the Library when we are sorted out in there (nearly there now). Then a small linen-effect uplighter cylinderical lamp (just ordered) will sit on the other joint stool to gently underlight the painting.
I have put some more of my china out today, but some of it will come down and go into car boot boxes as I find the better stuff. Less is going to be more in future though.
We have just had rain today, though snow was mentioned for some parts of Wales. I've not seen the news today but a friend further North mentioned it on the higher land above her property.
Keep warm and safe everyone.