A shadow lay across the kitchen floor; it was that of the deaf mute, as he stood on a chair before the fire, supporting himself on the chimney piece
with one puny arm, while he reached overhead with the other.
The marble washstand, the dressing table, the little sofa, the tables, the bronze clock on the chimney piece
, the window curtains, and the portieres were all new and expensive.
It also comes with a large living country kitchen, a wood burning stove and a feature antique chimney piece
Above the eggshell and lacquered wood chimney piece
designed by Jean Dunand in 1926 (200,000 [euro]-300,000 [euro]), hangs his portrait of his client and close friend, the society milliner Madame Agnes.
The focal point of the room is a wood-burning stove set into a deep recess with chimney piece
and spiral staircase to the first floor.
Simpson and Son, London, circa 1880 and two ebonised pine Gothic Revival bookcases (each PS2,000-3,000); a Gillows Regency library bergere chair (PS2,500-3,500); a 17th Gothic carved sandstone chimney piece
(PS1,000-1,500) and seven late 19th century brass ring chandeliers with holophane shades (PS800-1,200).
Two men with ropes, brooms, a blanket & a long Ladder come to the house, one of them enters and stations himself at the bottom of the chimney where the grate is, having a servant or somebody to assist him in holding up the blanket before the chimney piece
to prevent the room from being spoiled by the soot; the other mounts the ladder & goes to the top of the chimney, and after calling down to give notice to his partner below, drops down the rope with a piece of lead fastened to the end of it, keeping the other end in his hand.
The West Reception Room contains a marvellous marble chimney piece
with brass and cast iron fittings.
The drawing room, described as "sumptuous", has an ornate carved chimney piece
, wood flooring and views across the gardens.
The sitting room has a deep bay window with a full window seat and a carved chimney piece
with marble slips and hearth.
Among the highlights are an entire extraordinary French 18th century room, comprising gilt and white painted paneling, bookcases and chimney piece
from the library of the Hotel Gaulin, Dijon, which was first acquired from its original home by J.
Another piece is an important George III statuary marble and blue john chimney piece
, from around 1780, displaying many of the hallmarks of the renowned architect Robert Adam (pounds 70,000-pounds 100,000).