It may interest your readers to know that Basildon Park was "one of the houses where the owners took advantage of sales at other houses" (John Cornforth, The Inspiration of the Past). The gothick chairs in the saloon came from Eaton Hall, the curtains from Blenheim, the red bed from Ashburnam Place. In the saloon are hung Italian pictures by Pittoni and Batoni of religious subjects rarely displayed in drawing rooms. The decoration was carried out by John Fowler and as far as your photographs indicate it has held up surprisingly well over the decades.
Stefan, I love the many unique and majestic mirrors as well as the works of art, and that ceiling, ahh!XoxoKarenaThe Arts by Karena
Who could forget that stairhall as a potential new home from "Downton Abbey"?Also, it is comforting to know that the classic decorating by John Fowler has endured.
Wonderful building - especially the exterior; just my style - which I wasn't really familiar with. Thanks for the introduction!Wikipedia has a very detailed entry - better than usual - on the place:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basildon_Park
Well, you know I love this post! Basildon is one of those places on my list to visit. Your post makes me feel like I stopped in already. They did scoop up lots of great bits from other places but that has always been the way, hasn't it? Even in the 19th c there were sales of famous elements from soon to be lost houses.I think it's good they went somewhere instead of a dump.We really need to meet up in England one day and tour... it would be a blast!!
How could one not fall in love with an Adams chartreusse dining room? That's where I want to do my photoshoot!
An interesting and beautiful collection of images. I have a list of country homes we want to visit in England and honestly don't know where to begin. Haha. We actually watched an interiors and cooking series about Queen Victorias travels during and before her reign and that revealed dozens of amazing estates. I can't wait to walk through some of those spaces myself. Xo Terri
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