Monday 26 May 2014

The Divine Vyne Inside.....

The Vyne in Hampshire is now in the hands of the National Trust. It's a very attractive brick house but inside it's rather a curious egg really. There's a fair amount of marble and ormolu which I personally loathe mixed in with a smattering of Tudor [lovely linen fold panelling], eighteenth century plasterwork [made from papier mache in places] with elegant Wedgwood type colours with a bit of Strawberry Hill Gothic thrown in for good measure. I haven't really made my mind up about it one way or the other!

A few photos from the day though to give you an idea of some of the sights we saw.

This cheeky  Pan type figure graced the table legs of a gilt/marble table.

An English mirror from c1750 with Apollo at the centre.

Wooden fireplace with lady tucked around the corner.

A couple of lovely scaled down pieces- the first is an apprentice's chair and the second an organ in the Tudor chapel.

Finally this piece of exquisite embroidery caught my eye- if my memory serves me correctly it came from India originally and was a bedspread.



  1. I've just looked on the NT website. The estate looks beautiful and it's not too far away so I've added it to my list of places to visit. The ring (in your previous post) intrigues me and I'd like to see it up close. Thanks.

  2. Thanks for your comment Eileen. I think it's well worth a visit. The ring is in a case and can be seen at close quarters. It's rather magnificent and the little display that goes with it is interesting too. It's down by the second hand bookshop and is easily did Mr GBT.


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