WIth a penchant for donning full Georgian dress, wether at the piano or being carried in his sedan chair – architect Sir Albert Richardson lived as he taught, dedicating his 18th cent. house in Bedfordshire to the classical past.
France circa 1880 trestle table (B112)The interiors of Avenue House have been justly compared to those of the Soane Museum in London: in both cases their creators were highly influential architects with an infectious joie de vivre, and their houses overflowed with diverse collections.
Sweden circa 1900 set of phrenology heads in a glass dome (B52) Frederick I of Wurttemberg, and must have originally stood in the royal palace at Stuttgart. In the autumn of 1949 Richardson bought four torcheres designed by Robert Adam and formerly in the Duke of Leed’s collection. Christmas day that year he wrote in his diary “In the evening the salon was lit up by candles. Robert Adam’s torcheres were in position. The room sparkled with color.” Meanwhile Richardson needed little encouragement to sing or play the piano. Attired in full 18th century costume, lit by candlelight.
England circa 1840 breakfast table with pedestal base (B169)
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