Architecture / Features & Decoration
Wood, glass, metal
Osterley Park and House, London (Accredited Museum)
Window and window cill in the north east corner of the Kitchen. A sash window comprised of six over three panes in a wooden frame. The window frame is plain. The window was designed to maintain the symmetry of the front façade of the house. Only two thirds of the window is immediately visible in the Kitchen. The remaining third has been inserted where the wall dividing the kitchen from the Pastry Room would normally exist. As a result the wall was removed to leave an angled return and the left-hand side shutter box and shutter was installed against it. The window cill is plain and fills the diagonal space between the left-hand shutter and the window and extends slightly around the window architrave on the right-hand side.. There is a pulley fitted to the centre of the top of the window frame and an eyelet on the top rail of the upper sash. The two are tied together with a piece of sash cord. Is this a mechanism for raising the lower sash? The window is not accessible. The central metal fixture on the meeting rail appears to be a sash fastener, rather than a fixing to attach the cord to the pulley above. Alternatively, was the upper sash lowered with a hook on the end of a long pole and the pulley system used to raise the upper sash to close the window? There is a stay on the edge of the window cill, possibly to secure the cord for the pulley.This record excludes timber elements catalogued with the south wall, namely timber elements in the 'shutter box' and the panel above the window reveal. The windows reveal on the south wall appear to be deeper than the window reveal on the east wall, so there is no additional casing to the sides of the shutters or panel above the window reveal.