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REPLICAS OF HISTORIC FURNITURE IN GREAT ROOM

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1) 12th to 16th Century Sudbury Gothic Side Chair.

The Sudbury Gothic Side Chair is representative of Gothic furniture throughout England during the 12th to 16th Century, with its elaborate carvings, ornate, elegant details, pointed arch and floral motif. Chairs were scarce during this historical period and were associated with state majesty, with persons of lower stature using benches.

2) 15th Century Historic Savonarola Chair.

The 15th Century scissor chair, afforded only by the wealthy, was named after the charismatic Dominican monk Girolamo Savonarola. The hand-carved scissor chair used the scissor-like principle to allow it to be easily folded and moved. Like the original design, the chair has 16 ribs, cross-strut legs, a bas-relief profile of Savonarola carved into the backrest, and was hand-cut from solid teak wood.

3) 16th Century DeMedici Palace Renaissance Chair.

This 16th Century Renaissance style chair – the Sgabello - was frequently seen in Italian villas. The seat was a small wooden slab, often octagonal in shape, supported by solid ornamental boards at the front and back, embellished with a variety of carvings and ornaments. It's primary purpose was decorative, and not comfort.

4) 18th Century Lord Fitzsimmons Window Seat.

This European style bench was low enough to sit in front of a window without blocking the view. The bench contains curved swags and a Greenman face popular throughout England since the Medieval period. Greenmen were carved faces of men peeping out from leaves, vines and local flora, with all kinds of expressions and human feelings in their faces as carved and inspired by the wood carvers.

5) 19th Century American Wells Fargo Desk – Wooten Desk - in Historical Room

The Wooten Desk designed by William S. Wooten, born in 1835, was an elaborate desk containing many cubbyholes for filing and organization of documents. The design of the desk was an ingenious solution that filled the need for business growth during this period of expansion and commerce in America. Presidents Grant, Harrison, and Garfield, and Queen Victoria, and industrialist John D. Rockefeller all depended on the ingenious Wooten desk for their organizational needs.

STAINED GLASS ART IN GREAT ROOM

1) "THE ACCOLADE" (in stairway landing)

This stained glass work was created by a female Ft. Lauderdale, FL stained glass artist whom I asked to portray the well known painting "The Accolade" painted by British artist Edmund Leighton in the early 1900's on the subject of chivalry – in the medium of stained glass. The painting and stained glass depict an accolade in a ceremony to confer knighthood during the Middle Ages. The "knight-elect" kneels in front of the monarch who lays the sword on the accolade's right shoulder and gently raises the sword over the knight-elect's head to place the sword on his left shoulder. The monarch then presents the newly appointed knight with the insignia of the knightly order.

~ CHILVARY:

The Code of Chivalry during the Middle Ages encompassed the rules and vows governing the conduct of medieval knights that emphasized the virtues of valour, honour, honesty, loyalty, courtesy to women, generosity, and upholding the dignity of the Church. The Knights Code of Chivalry was followed in the stories and adventures of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The idea of chivalry originated during the crusades in the dark ages with the goal of making men loyal to the Christian faith and diminishing the brutality of the crusades. Chivalry ended with the creation of the middle class, the rise of mercantilism, and the decline of knighthood when power was shifted to the common people and away from the control of noblemen.

2) GOLDEN AGE OF FALCONRY (in stairway landing)

This stained glass work was created by the same female stained glass artist whom I asked to copy a picture depicting the "Art of Falconry" and hawking during the Middle Ages. It is said that the bird of prey – the falcon - shared the closest relationship ever between people and bird when the sport of falconry and hawking were an important part of daily life lasting more than four centuries in England during the Middle Ages. Because of the early and extensive laws that were then passed to protect the falcon, it is mused that conservation of wildlife began during the age of falconry.

~ FALCONRY AND HAWKING:

The falcons were symbols of strength, superiority, power, and speed, in addition to being hunting birds. An estimate of the falcon's speed is 180 miles per hour making the falcon the fastest animal on earth. Pictures of the falcon are preserved in banners, coats of arms, and tapestries such as the famous Bayeux tapestry. "The Art of Falconry" written by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, taking over 30 years to complete in the thirteenth century, was an early scientific work about birds that credited him with being one of the founders of ornithology.

During the Middle Ages, falcons were so valuable they were worth their weight in gold. Only the upper class could afford to keep falcons. They brought their pet falcons with them everywhere, perched on wrist or hand, with Knights taking their favorite falcons to church. The Golden Age of Falconry ended with the discovery of firearms, clearing of forests, and decline of the feudal system.

3) STAINED GLASS ROUND – SEVEN FEET IN DIAMETER (in sunroom on second floor)

The artist is unknown, but the intricate, beautiful design of this stained glass speaks for itself.

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