Following on from my post yesterday, I have the rest of Chatsworth House to share with you today. Well, the rest of it that I photographed!
These incredible vases - the ones that look like towers - are called Tulip Vases, the tulips went into the little round pieces that you see on the corners of the different levels. This type of porcelain is called Delft Ware.
I was interested to see this painting as it is by the artist William Marlow - you can read more about it below. The interest in Marlow? Well we have two of his paintings at Basildon Park where I work. You can see them here. It was interesting to see more of his work and in a different style.
Again, above you can see modern art paired with beautiful antiques. Below though is a wonderful antique. This isn't a violin. Or a fiddle. Or any other sort of musical instrument. It is in fact just - I say "just"!! - a painting. Isn't it incredible!! This really amazed us.
Flash photography was allowed, which surprised me as it usually isn't, but it did make taking pictures difficult as in the darker areas when someone else's flash was going off it didn't help others photography - and probably didn't help theirs either - so these pictures don't really show off just how spectacular the beautiful pieces are.
Another little treat for me is the piece of furniture below. It is very similar in design - although not identical - to one that we have at Basildon Park - you can see ours here. It is called a Confidante Sofa. So that the ladies can sit next to the gentlemen, but keep the arm between them, thus maintaining propriety! Prince Charles has a Sofa identical to the one at Basildon Park - we believe that his is Chippendale!
You might recognise the portrait above. This is the famous Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, whose story was told in the film The Duchess. Also - dare I say it again! - filmed at Basildon Park. I was actually really surprised at the number of links between the two places.
This beautiful table is made of different stones and minerals. Work of this type is called Pietra Dura and is an Italian term meaning "hard stone".
Below is an amazing painting by artist Lucien Freud of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire who died last year. She was Deborah, one of the Mitford Sisters.
So much exquisite porcelain and other ceramic pieces!
The beds were of course incredible. The canopies were especially beautiful. Although I would still need a lot of persuading to sleep in a four poster bed. I don't like the idea of being closed in!
This painting was, I thought, especially beautiful. It isn't necessarily "pretty", but nevertheless it was incredible and fascinating.
The damage that you see below - probably caused by sunlight attacking the fabric!
You can see what I meant about incredible bed canopies can't you!
Looking back down on to the main stairs. You can see someone trying out one of the round chairs with pointy bottoms that I showed yesterday.
This table top is made of malachite. It didn't photograph very well as it is covered in a piece of glass, but it was beautiful. I find it a fascinating material.
You know that I love an incredible ceiling!
Yesterday I mentioned something called "Blue John", well, this is what it looks like. It is a mineral, only found in The Peak District. It is blue and yellow and looks spectacular when the light shines through it, or it is lit up as this vase is. Pieces made from Blue John are incredibly - for that read astronomically - expensive! This piece would run into many thousands of pounds I am sure.
I leave you today with a beautiful lion. There was a pair of them, probably larger than life size and just incredible!!
I hope that you have enjoyed the visit to Chatsworth.