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Chimney Board, Audley End House

Biagio Rebecca1769

English Heritage

English Heritage
United Kingdom

Chimney boards were commonly used in the summer months to hide the unused fire grate. This example in the Great Apartment dates from the Robert Adam period and is a rare survival of this type of furnishing. It shows a classical vase, carved with a Bacchic scene of drinking and revelry. The marble-painted frame and the vase both cast deep shadows to maximise the illusion of depth.

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  • Title: Chimney Board, Audley End House
  • Creator: Rebecca Biagio
  • Date Created: 1769
  • Location: Audley End House
  • Type: Painting
  • Original Source: AUDLEY END HOUSE AND GARDENS
  • Rights: English Heritage
  • Medium: Oil on board
  • Photographer: Richard Seymour

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