Osterley Park Caprice in Green and Pink

Daily Draw September 1st, 2012

Today I am using my National Trust Pattern Design Postcard Book.

STUCCO PANEL
Eating Room
Osterley Park, Middlesex
©NTPL/Bill Batten

I am not sure what the difference is between the Eating Room and the Dining Room proper, perhaps it’s a matter of formality or function? I can see the Eating Room as a place for buffets or refreshments rather than a sit-down dinner.

So when the Earl of Tipsy has been enjoying too much whiskey, you can bring him into the Eating Room for some delicacies to absorb all that alcohol. While there, he can use the chamber pot, discreetly hidden in a columnar base.

Here is a photograph giving you an idea of where the stucco panels are situated. Pink and green, my favourite combination, and look at that ceiling, described as having “Bacchic” embellishment and symbolism.

The central painting that is flanked by the stucco panels is a classical style know as “capricci” or “capriccio” and depicts a fantasy of architecture, buildings, ruins, and archeological bits and pieces that in real life were never together, but fantasized by the artist. This style of painting was very popular in the 18th century in Europe, due to the rampant enjoyment of classical and neo-classical styles and elements.

Framed in the stucco panel are small roundels. This one depicts a wedding feast and was done by Antonio Zucchi who was the husband of Angelica Kauffman, another famous decorative classical painter. Both Antonio and Angelica did work for architect Robert Adam in this house and others in the 18th century.

©NTPL/Bill Batten

Robert Adam, like many architects of the past, often did interior designs, fittings, and furniture to fulfill his ideas. He liked classical design, and exuberant stucco designs are often found in his houses and interiors. Osterley was originally an Elizabethan house and the Elizabethan stable block remains, but the house itself was remodelled by Adam beginning in 1761.

I particularly like the Etruscan Room in this house which was based on fragments of Etruscan pottery. It reminds me of one of my favourite tarot decks, the Etruscan Tarot by Lo Scarabeo.

We went visiting friends yesterday and had some laughs. I sang some songs off-key but forged on regardless. Our friends gave us a 2013 wall calendar for gardens of Ireland, and also a guidebook on Great Gardens of Britain and Ireland. They don’t mention Osterley Park in the book but Osterley has lovely gardens with unusual trees.

There are a few more pictures at the National Trust web site.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/osterley-park/

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