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Pride and Prejudice

There’s nothing like staying at home for real comfort” Jane Austen.

It’s almost summertime but some late April showers are still besieging us? If the weather gets you down why not indulge in some sofa based period drama’s like ‘Pride and Prejudice’ to get you in the mood for some day trips once the weather perks up.

In Pride and Prejudice, Chatsworth House was used as Pemberley, the residence of Mr. Darcy. It is believed that Jane Austen actually based her idea of Pemberley on Chatsworth House as she wrote the novel while in Bakewell.

The stunning facade at ChatsworthHouse

The stunning facade at ChatsworthHouse

The guest bedrooms at Chatsworth are a beautiful example of this exquisite and exotic style that peaked in popularity during the reign of the flamboyant Prince Regent.

Well worth a visit if you’re planning an excursion, Chatsworth House is a spectacular house and home to many a childhood visit for me, being a Derbyshire lass. This year they are celebrating their link to the Jane Austen classic in an exhibition in the New Gallery. Depending how far you’d like to take your indulgence of the period they are offering 2 for 1 tickets to everyone dressed in Georgian attire, which should make for quite a spectacle in itself.

Whilst you’re there, enjoy and delight at the spectacular interiors with intricately painted ceilings and artefacts from around the world.

So much to look at from the late Georgian and Regency era. Do look out for the beautiful Chinoserie wallpaper and the impressive Trompe L’0eil. Take inspiration for classic colour schemes and the use of light, space and proportion that is so appealing in this classic architecture.

Chinoserie Wallpaper:

The guest bedrooms at Chatsworth are a beautiful example of this exquisite and exotic style that peaked in popularity during the reign of the flamboyant Prince Regent.

Classic georgian chinoiserie

Chinoise in a guest bedroom at Chatsworth House

De Gournay produces exquisite chinoiserie wallpaper perfect for the Georgian interior. It is hand painted and yes comes with a high price but is enchanting, magical and so beautiful. Here are some examples of applications elsewhere

 

Chinoiserie wallpaper complemented by ebonised Chinoise furniture

Chinoiserie wallpaper complemented by ebonised Chinoise furniture

CHinoiserie Regency

Delicate cornflower blues and peach tones contrast with the black furniture

Here’s a summery palette to make us all feel a little brighter

Georgian

A light, airy and elegant fireside scene

My favourite Regency colour - Emerald Green

My favourite Regency colour – Emerald Green

Trompe L’Oeil

Trompe L’œil is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that depicted objects exist in three dimensions. It can also be found painted on tables and other items of furniture, on which, for example, a deck of playing cards might appear to be sitting on the table!

A particularly impressive example can be seen at Chatsworth House , where one of the internal doors appears to have a violin and bow suspended from it, in a trompe l’œil painted around 1723 by Jan van der Vaardt. It has to be seen to be fully appreciated but here’s what you are looking for

Trompe L'Oeil Georgian

The Trompe L’Oeil of a Violin and Bow hanging on a door at Chatsworth House

Let’s hope the summer brings us some dry spells so we can tear ourselves away from the TV and enjoy a visit. http://www.chatsworth.org/whats-on/events/a-georgian-summer

2 Comments
  • Tony Hill
    Posted at 08:47h, 15 October Reply

    Hi I have just uncovered and restored a Georgian fireplace in our home, would you know someone who could identify the stone and how to finish it off to get the best from this feature ie should it be oiled? I see that the majority are painted. I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks

    • georgianregencyinteriors
      Posted at 11:08h, 02 November Reply

      Dear Tony,

      Where abouts are you based? Wooden fireplaces are painted. Not usually stone ones. Do you have any photos? If so you can send them to me at sarah@lathaminteriors.co.uk and I will take a look.

      Kind regards,

      Sarah

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