Chimneypiece, Library, Speke Hall
The Library is one of the interiors created by Frederick Leyland, tenant of the Hall 1867-77. The fireplace is a wonderful piece of gilded carving, inspired by 16th-century motifs in the Great Hall and incorporating Dutch Delftware tiles of c.1800. The William Morris wallpaper of ‘Pomegranate’ pattern, first printed in 1864, is one of several original Morris papers surviving at Speke from the late 1860s.
wood, Chimneypiece, Library, Speke Hall. Dark stained wood chimneypiece, cf. SPE.M.112.B, the mantel shelf with ribbed edge, supported on etiolated columns with chevron decoration and scrolled capitals; the lintel with applied oak leaf sprays flanking a central lion mask; the overmantel panelled between fluted Ionic pilasters supporting a frieze inscribed 'A.FRENDE.LOVETH.ATTE.ALL.TYMES.' Highlights picked out in gilt.