Architecture / Features & Decoration
Osterley Park and House, London (Accredited Museum)
Fireplace in the south wall of the Yellow Taffeta Bedroom. When Francis Child had this room remodelled by the carpenter Matthew Hillyard in 1759 he reused some existing material. He introduced a new wood chimneypiece probably made by William Linnell or his son John, from a design by William Chambers. The timber mantlepiece frieze is carved with a central anthemion flanked by scrolling foliage, and is supported by scroll trusses ornamented with laurel wreaths and interlaced foliage emerging from vases resting on draped female masks. This rests on two plinths of the marble chimneypiece. The marble chimneypiece is a dark grey marble and the hearth is a lighter grey. The opening is filled with a wooden chimney-board CMS 771805. The fender is CMS 771998. When Francis Child had this room remodelled by the carpenter Matthew Hillyard in 1759, it was called the 'first' chamber. It was the principal family bedroom, second only to the master bedroom. Robert Adam was commissioned to re-design the room in 1779. In 1786 it was described as having hangings of 'East India Material'. In 1998 the room was decorated by the National Trust. The walls were papered using traditional 18th century techniques.