Tuesday, 29 September 2009


This table courtesy of Christies and a forth coming sale leads me to this

The spectacular and truly unexpected Gloucestershire pile built by Samuel Pepys Cockerell in the early 19th century.   Onion domes, jali screens and nandi bulls abound - my absolute favourite house on the island.

It sits perfectly on a rise with a perfect dropping hill into which Humphrey Repton designed an Indian (ish) landscape.   The drawings and watercolours of the Daniell brothers were definitely referred too as they were for the design of the house itself.   Not content with such greats of the period, Mrs Eleanor Coade was also employed to supply statuary for the gardens.   Joy and rapture.   More pics are promised. 

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