It is not a decorating guide unless one longs for a sham Caroline interior – not that there's anything wrong with sham, because if one were to look through the book it would become clear that simulation in the form of French courtliness, painted marble and scagliola, was not to be be sniffed at the court of Charles II. Also not to be sniffed at, as it were, is a chamber pot engraved with the Dysart arms beneath an earl's coronet, which weighed in at 30 ounces of silver.
The North Drawing Room, watercolor by H W Brewer, c 1866.
Chimneypiece in the Queen's Closet, Baldassare Artima, 1673.
Fired and painted scagliola.
The Duchess's Private Closet
A Man Consumed by Flames, Isaac Oliver, c. 1610.
Watercolor on vellum. 3 x 2 3/4 inches.
Silver chamber pot, David Willaume, 1731-2.
Engraved with the Dysart arms beneath an earl's coronet.
4 7/8 x 10 x 7 1/4 inches.
If you have not read this book and balk at the list price of $150 (it is a scholarly tome) then I suggest you read Peter Thornton's much more accessible Seventeenth Century Interior Decoration in England, France and Holland. Better yet, buy both. They'll look fabulous on the coffee table with a little seventeenth-century blue-and-white to the side or, heaven forbid, on top.
A Man Consumed by Flames, The Duchess's Private Closet, The Library, National Trust Images/John Hammond
Silver chamber pot, National Trust Images/Christopher Warliegh-Lack
The Chimneypiece in the Queen's Closet, National Trust Images/Bill Batten
The Duchess's Private Closet, John Paul Photography-