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Parlour and Dining room  - Georgian House Museum
7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Dining room
2017 photos
Parlour (back drawing room)

"The parlour, or back drawing room, as more informal and intimate than the drawing room. It was essentially a room to be lived in, with a central table and chairs grouped around it where members of the family could read, do needlework, take tea, and so forth." - "The Georgian House," Introduction.  Brochure sold at the museum. [Note:  This differs from parlor descriptions of Victorian homes in US where drawing rooms were no longer used; American parlors replaced drawing rooms.]

The chimneypiece [fireplace] is slightly earlier than the house, and, like the one in the bedchamber, came from Tarvit House.   ...  Five fireplace details below:

Fireplace detail #1

Fireplace detail #2 -  Note firescreen in front of the fireplace

Fireplace detail #3 - Rope design on edge of the mantle   ...   Frieze decorated with flutes, rosettes, and foliated ovals    ...   Stone surround

Fireplace detail #4 - Pendant bellflowers

Fireplace detail #5 - Hob grate

Early nineteenth century  chandelier

Bookcase   ...   Heriz carpet

"In the early 18th century one form of bureau consisted of a bank of drawers below a sloping writing flap, the whole piece resting on cabriole legs. Many bureaus of this period and earlier were surmounted by a bookcase with one or two doors, which were sometimes glazed. The Dutch were quick to copy this idea, and thus the bureau-bookcase, often fitted with an ingenious combination of drawers and compartments, spread to other parts of Europe." - Encyclopędia Britannica: Bureau   
Detail below:

Pull-out slides   ...   Oval mounts with bail handles   ...   Escutcheons

Dining room

Details below:


Classical scene on chimneypiece mirror panel ("chimney glass")  which dates from the Regency period (1811-1820)
 ...   Another photo angle below:

Lyres and wreathes on frieze

Traditional black chimneypiece  (American term:  fireplace)  is the only one in the house to survive in situ.
Coal scuttle with Chinoiserie ornamentation   ...   Note wooden plate storage box on floor at right

Coal scuttle with Chinoiserie ornamentation    ...   Roman urn  decorated with  bellflower  swag   ...   Brass fender

Ceramic tile  fireback

Coal scuttle with Chinoiserie ornamentation


Woodwork stained and grained to look like mahogany   ...  


Traditional Turkish rug   ...   Hepplewhite(?)  sideboard    ...   Two details below:

Hepplewhite  sideboard  detail #1 -   Oval mounts with bail handles   ...    Stringing   ...  Center compartment: Pewter chamber pot  for the gentlemen to use when the ladies  had withdrawn after dinner  ...    Tambour sliding doors

Hepplewhite  sideboard  detail #2

Knife box
"Until the last decades of the seventeenth century, dinner guests brought their own cutlery when invited to a meal, most often just a knife, though a few of the most sophisticated might also bring a fork. It would never occur to a host in the early decades of the seventeenth century to provide his guests with eating utensils. Yet, by 1820, the majority of hosts who held regular dinner parties would have owned a selection of table silver which could easily include well over a thousand separate pieces." -  The Regency Redingote (online Jan. 2018)

Knife box

Interior pocket or privacy shutters folded into the wall

Photos and their arrangement © 2017 Chuck LaChiusa
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