Our winner for today is, “Luke”! He correctly guessed yesterday’s clue. Luke actually also correctly guessed the clue on Monday, but was not the first to guess. Way to go Luke and thanks so much for participating. Wilton House is our focus today as we continue our study of Baker Furniture’s Stately Home Collection. Thank you again to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for 2 more opportunities to win a signed copy of my book, The Collected Tabletop!
Out again on our stately home journey, we will be going to Wilton House today. Set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, Wilton House is home to the Earls of Pembroke since 1540. Queen Elizabeth I relished her visits to the Lords Pembroke at Wilton House, where the combination of power, politics and military command blended well with poetry and theatre. Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and “As You Like It” were both first performed at Wilton ( YESTERDAY’S GIVEAWAY CLUE!!). Wilton House is as lovely from the outside, as from the interior.
The ceiling treatment in this dining room is simply magnificent, and the gallery ceiling is truly an architectural gem!
It is easy to transport yourself to a lovely country house like Wilton House when one stands in the Stately Homes “library” in the Baker High Point Showroom.
And a favorite piece in this space is the Chippendale Mahogany Bookcase.
What a magnificent way to store one’s books!!
This superb Chippendale carved mahogany and inlaid breakfront bookcase is from Wilton House, with its dentilled pediment and ebonized mouldings. The central sliding door and hinged flanking doors set above a lower section fitted with four doors, each with raised double mouldings and inlaid with a multiple star motif in ebony and satinwood and mahogany veneer. This piece is English circa 1762. I think it is so interesting to see the provenance of these lovely pieces that Baker Furniture has selected for their Stately Homes Collection. I have not had the pleasure of visiting Wilton House, but will now put it on my British travel schedule. The 5093 Bookcase is 92 inches wide, perfect for a spacious library, especially if one combined it with the sofa that we showcased yesterday from Chatsworth!
Wilton House has been the location of many movies, including Sense and Sensibility, The Madness of King George, Pride and Prejudice, and The Young Victoria.
Tomorrow we head north for a look at two more stately homes and two more pieces of the Baker Stately Homes collection. Hope you are up on your geography…today’s book giveaway clue is…
This river is 97 miles long and flows through the scenic Borders region between Scotland and England. It is one of the great salmon rivers of Britian. We will be close to this river tomorrow when we visit Mellerstain House in Berwickshire, Scotland. If you are the first blog reader to correctly identify this river, you will win a signed copy of The Collected Tabletop!
Stay Tuned and Enjoy!