Architecture / Features & Decoration
Osterley Park and House, London (Accredited Museum)
South wall of the Still Room. Plastered wall with a plaster 'skirting board' where top section slopes downward (small section missing on right-hand side of chimney breast). There is a timber mouldng on the right-hand side of the chimney breast above the mantelpiece. The white painted mantleshelf is supported on four black painted scrolled supports. Below this is a plain timber keystone mantelpiece. The keystone has been cut into, to secure (screws) the back plate of a hinged hook with a serrated arm, possibly used for hanging a bottle jack. (Bottle jacks were named for their shape. They turned the joint of meat in front of the fire to ensure even cooking). On the south west side of the chimneybreast there is a raised section and an indented feature. These may have been associated with the functioning of an earlier cooking equipment. The cooking range (CMS 774117) is set within the timber mantelpiece. At the south east side of the room there is a wide door to Jersey Gallery 2 (catalogued with that room). There is a toggle light switch with a white plastic back-plate adjacent to the door.