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North Mymms Park
A short history

Chapter 5
Further Discoveries and Antiques

Further wall paintings were discovered in a first floor bedroom in the West Wing when fabric that had been attached to wooden struts above panelling was removed. The painting gives the impression of a carved marble frieze, an effect that has been achieved by the painting-in of shadows as if natural light from the windows fell on a moulded form.

The painting would originally have formed a frieze around the entire room but now only remains on the south and west walls. The frieze is punctuated by large strapwork cartouches enclosing coat of arms.

The style of the painting indicates a 17th Century date, although the coat of arms were probably painted-in during the 19th Century.

Beneath the panelling in the Marble Hall lies a frieze known as grotesque work. Grotesques were painted decorations and sculptures with animal forms fantastically interwoven with foliage and flowers. The decoration was popular throughout Europe during the 16th Century.

The grotesques in the Marble Hall were probably painted at the same time as the Worthies in the adjacent room are therefore dated at about 1595.

Antiques

Regency White Marble Centre Table circa 1825
Circular top edged with egg and dart on three lion monopodia with clawed feet. One leg inscribed "Newby Hall, Yorkshire".

Oak Press Cupboard 17th Century
The egg and dart moulded cornice and leaf incised frieze above three florally inlaid recessed panels with balusters, the similarly inlaid and carved base with two drawers and two panelled doors, inscribed 1674.

Oak Refectory Table 17th Century
Cleated four plank top above twelve gun-barrel supports with oblong stretchers and bun feet. Fitted with a frieze drawer.

Pair of George IV Silver Candelabra - Charles and John Fry, London 1824
The bases are richly cast and chased with foliage and blooms and applied with arms, the stems decorated with boar and cherub masks, shells and scalework.

North European Oak Cabinet on stand 17th Century
Two geometrically panelled doors enclosed an arrangement of drawers upon a stand with twist turned legs and a panelled drawer.

English Long Case Clock circa 1750 - Signed John Jeffreys London
Veneered in burr walnut with mouldings of cross grained walnut. Original eight-day weight driven movement, striking the hour with a bell.


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