CHINESE ROOM

Visits made to Brighton Pavilion in the late 1820s inspired Marianne, Lady Clifford Constable and her sister Eliza to create the Chinese Room. The walls were hung with new Chinese wallpaper, stencilled designs were added to doors and walls, and silvered bells hung from the cornice and doorway. The sum of £89.18.0 was paid to Thomas Brooks (1778-1850) of Hull for carving the fantastic gilded dragons set to either side of the window bay. The painted glass lantern is suspended from another scaly-winged dragon, and a smaller pair of mythical creatures serve as curtain tie-backs beside the entrance door. Marianne designed the elaborate dragon chair, which was carved in 1841 by the talented Thomas Wilkinson-Wallis (1821-1903) whilst he was serving his apprenticeship with Thomas Ward of Hull. The silver stars were added to the ceiling and the Boudoir beyond by Thomas Meggitt (1779-c.1859) in 1856.

Did you know?
Afternoon tea was created by the Duchess of Bedford in the late 18th century. She invited friends to join her for an afternoon meal of small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, sweets and, of course, tea. The practice was so popular that it was quickly adopted by other social hostesses 
 
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