Daily Draw April 15th, 2012
WALLPAPER C. 1839
Designed by English decorators JG Crace
Morning Room, Arlington Court, Devon
Ah the Morning Room, where one wore one’s silk wrapper and ribbons to take morning coffee and scones while going over the day’s menu with Cook.
It is that kind of day where I think about decorating, because I picked up the chair my sister bought me yesterday and made a start on cleaning my room. At some point in the summer the walls, ceiling, and furniture will be painted, but I threw out mouldering bits of paper and useless detritus yesterday, wondering why I didn’t take care of myself and my house over so many years.
A fresh start in the Morning Room seems just the thing!
Arlington Court was built by Colonel John Palmer Chichester (1769-1823), and designed by a local architect Thomas Lee. The family collected all sorts of things like shells and model ships and the house currently showcases their antique furniture and a carriage museum in the stables with over 50 horse-drawn carriages from the National Trust. The estate has hundreds of acres of land with a large ornamental garden and a working kitchen garden that provides fruit and vegetables for the tea room and flowers for the house. They even have a bat-cam and an old heronry on the estate.
And John Gregory Crace (1809-1889) was a famous interior designer who did wallpapers, decorative schemes, and fabrics. He liked French design and this particular wallpaper looks very French. He was the great-grandson of Edward Crace who had done decorating successfully in the 18th century, and John initially assisted his father Frederick, also a decorator, who worked on Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
In collaboration with others, John Crace worked on the decoration of the Houses of Parliament and two Great Exhibitions in 1851 and 1862, as well as another stint at Windsor Castle. He was very chi-chi with the elite of the time and his own son followed him in the business.
Here is a picture of the Morning Room from the National Trust where you can see this gorgeous wallpaper. It is a very cheerful and warm looking room with fresh flowers from the garden on the tables.