The count had valuable Gobelin tapestries
and Persian carpets in the house.
Lived now in Hamburg, where he had written his memoirs, full of half- or quartertruths, ever the upright naval officer, nervously disclaiming the honour of being Hitler's darling, despite the evidence of that five-ton armoured Mercedes, Adolf's personal gift, and his Gobelin tapestries
. Donitz had been up there with the Blutehof cronies only last May.
Amongst its treasures Weston houses one of the country's most impressive collections of paintings, including work by Sir Anthony Van Dyck; the unique French, Gobelin tapestries
, specially commissioned for the house in the 1760s; a stem cup made from Charles II's Great Seal of England; Thomas Chippendale chairs; work by Morel & Hughes royal furniture makers to the Prince of Wales, and later King George IV; and as well as Chinese and Japanese porcelain, its ceramic collection also boasts Derby, Worcester, Wedgwood and Coalport pieces.
The paintings by Poussin and Gobelin tapestries
that visitors see at Vaux are copies, part of restorations commissioned by Alfred Sommier, who bought Vaux in 1875.
The glorious Gobelin tapestries
are one of the great draws to Newby.
Showing a letter of introduction, the visitors said they had come to collect his Gobelin tapestries
, valued at 100,000 marks.
Wool and silk were dyed with it, but perhaps the most memorable use of cochineal red was in the brilliant scarlet colours for which the Gobelin tapestries
of Paris became famous.
Inside, the Tapestry Chamber is decorated with fourteen Gobelin tapestries
depicting tropical animals.