As promised, I will be giving a signed copy of my book, The Collected Tabletop to our winner, Cherry Kay! The lovely item that we will feature today is an obelisk bookcase by Baker, just as you guessed Cherry! Thank you to all who participated! Don’t forget we are giving away 1 book each day this week!
Today we will travel from Chillingham to two additional British gems, Broughton Castle and one of my favorite places in England, Chatsworth! And we will focus on more pieces from the lovely Stately Homes Collection from Baker Furniture. Since Chatsworth is on our way south to Broughton, our first stop shall be Chatsworth .
Chatsworth is in Derbyshire, England and is the home of The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been since the 15th century. Chatsworth is truly a triumph of architecture and is enhanced with one of the greatest private art collections in Britian. Chatsworth is set in an expansive parkland and backed by wooded hills rising to heather morelands. It is surrounded by superb formal gardens with cascading fountains that are powered by water rushing from the picturesque hills above.
The piece from Chatsworth that I would like to showcase today is a beautiful Scrolled Arm Sofa in the Baker Stately Homes Collection #863-04.
This upholstered Victorian sofa has a high rectangular back and tall outwardly scrolled arms with carved, rounded, and moulded mahogany borders. The rectangular seat frame has a similar moulded mahogany plinth, with turned tapering baluster shaped legs that terminate in brass toes and casters. The original of this lovely piece is English, circa 1880. A perfect library piece, and I can easily transport myself to the Chatsworth library for an entire day of reading!
And while we are at Chatsworth, here are a few more of its magnificent rooms for your pleasure!
Chatsworth House is a living and working testament to how a major country house can become so much more than just a crumbling pile in which an aristocratic family live. Chatsworth has been lovingly cared for, restored, and kept in wonderful condition. If you haven’t visited Chatsworth, I highly recommend that you do so!! One other recommendation, if you haven’t seen the 2008 movie, The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley, which was filmed at Chatsworth, go immediately and get a copy!!
Now on to Broughton Castle for more of the Baker Stately Homes Collection.
Broughton Castle is in the village of Broughton, about two miles south-west of Banbury in Oxforshire. Built in 1300 by Sir John de Broughton, today Broughton is the home of the 21st Lord and Lady Saye. The ownership of this castle has remained in the same family since 1447.
On Monday, if you guessed my clue was an obelisk, you were correct!! The Stately Homes piece that I love from Broughton Castle is the Pyramid Bookcase, #5209. This Chippendale Egyptian style mahogany four-sided bookcase, forms an obelisk and revolves on a roller base to reveal various compartments and shelves. The entire bookcase is decorated and designed with finely carved fretwork and the original piece at Broughton is English, circa 1760.
This piece would be at home in any interior style and could serve a great many purposes…not only books, but sculpture, art glass and so many more decorative accessories. Of course I like it because as you can see, it achieves such a “collected look”!
Before we leave Broughton Castle, have a look at the lovely gardens .
Don’t you love the fleur-de-lis design .
And such a lovely “Ladies Garden”.
And these vintage cars at Broughton…just make my heart sing!!
Well, our travels are tiring, but be ready tomorrow as we press on to another stately home and another of my favorite pieces of Baker’s Stately Homes collection. Tomorrow’s clue is this…Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night and “As You Like It “ were both first performed at the country house we will visit tomorrow. The first blog reader who correctly guesses our destination, will win a signed copy of The Collected Tabletop. Remember to include your email address so that we can contact you regarding shipping or your shipping address!