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by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
November 14, 2011
From journal 5 Days in Buckinghamshire
by eric kerfoot
oxford, United Kingdom
April 11, 2010
Gravesend, United Kingdom
October 30, 2009
From journal Some Historical Jewels in Englands Crown
October 6, 2001
The house was built to entertain. The Baron planned to show off his wonderful collection and did, to a vast array of the who's who of Victorian and Edwardian England. The condition of all his treasures is phenomenal due to the extraordinary efforts at preservation that have been undertaken almost from day one. The lighting from the outside is kept minimal and there is new interior lighting to show off the painting to advantage.
You enter into the East Gallery which has the 2 largest Guardi paintings in the world. You then pass to the breakfast room, the conservatory, ante-room and into the dining room. The table is set for a dinner party circa 1894 and the flower arrangements are so tall that the two sides of the table can't see each other. The walls have 2 Beauvais tapestries modeled after Boucher paintings.The carpet is Aubusson and dates from 1780.
The Red Drawing Room has 3 Gainsboroughs and a Reynolds. The Gainsbrough of Lady Sheffield reflects beautifully off the Rocco mirror on the opposite wall. There are beautiful pieces of Sevres and furniture from Versailles. The carpet is a Savonnerie made for Louis XIV for the Louvre, the blue and yellow colors are particularly fresh. This is an amazing room.
The Grey Drawing Room has 3 Reynold's full length portaits, one of the Duchess of Cumberland who has bedroom eyes. There is a beautiful little secretaire with Sevres inserts. This room though oppulant has a cozy warmth.
The West Gallery has among its treasures a marvelous French tall clock that appears to be gold and lacquer. It is about 8 feet tall and has a mother of pearl face.
The Baron's room was his inner sanctum. He surrounded himself with portraits of beautiful women , many with dubious reputations. There are 2 pictures of Mrs Robnson, also Lady Hamilton and Mrs Jordan by Romney.
And if you think this is all there was you have to see the West Hall where I was stopped dead by the beautiful Duchess de Polignac by Madame Vigee Lebrun. The Morning Room has paintings by Cuyp, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Gabriel Metsu, and Gerard Dou.
The Sevres Room has among other things a dessert set that belonged to Marie Antoinette.
This place is beyond description and well worth the 9pd admission. It has a really great gift shop and extensive gardens, an aviary and a wine cellar. Also a nice wine shop. Plan to spend the whole day.
From journal Visits to the Treasure Houses of England