I have various posts about Basildon Park sitting in drafts from time to time waiting to be posted, so I thought that today I would share this one with you.
When we have filming work done at Basildon Park sometimes they bring in their own furniture, sometimes they use ours.
When they filmed for Pride and Prejudice they actually built a whole room inside another room. They also used the Dining Room as the ballroom at Netherfield Park, but decided that it needed more columns. So they added some of their own! As you do.
This is the inside of one of the fake columns.
Here you can see three sections.
And the base of a column.
This is what the real columns look like. You can see that the "fakes" are a very good match.
The columns in the picture are the ones that are always in the Dining Room.
There is in a way a bit of a joke to all this though. The columns in the Dining Room aren't real. In the 18th Century when the house was built it was more fashionable to have an artist come and paint fake columns than to have real marble.
The reason? It meant that you were rich enough to afford to pay the artist!