Wollaton is a classic prodigy house, "the architectural sensation of its age", though its builder was not a leading courtier and its construction stretched the resources he mainly obtained from coalmining; the original family home was at the bottom of the hill. Though much re-modelled inside, the "startlingly bold" exterior remains largely intact.
Wollaton Hall was built between 1580 and 1588 for Sir Francis Willoughby and is believed to be designed by the Elizabethan architect, Robert Smythson, who had by then completed Longleat, and was to go on to design Hardwick Hall. The general plan of Wollaton is comparable to these, and was widely adopted for other houses, but the exuberant decoration of Wollaton is distinctive, and it is possible that Willoughby played some part in creating it. The style is an advanced Elizabethan with early Jacobean elements. .
It’s a bleak and chilly evening so come on down to Battersea Park and enjoy the colour of the winter Decorative Fair. With thanks to @mcharpentierantiques for this joyous green display. We are open until 8pm, and so is the kitchen on the mezzanine for some after-work refreshment.
Made of lacquered leather stretched tight over wooden frames at either end.
These leather pillows or neck supports were used by wealthy people on their opium beds. Common in early 20th century opium dens. Its typical rounded rectangular shape is hand decorated with plant life.
Public opium dens or less wealthy opium smokers used a variety of other kinds of pillows, made of wood or earthenware.
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Cotton Ikat Hinggi (man’s mantle). Sumba, Indonesia