From Broke Hall (Bury St. Edmunds, Nacton, Suffolk, England), this wooden antique, Jacobean period room consists of: (1) Fireplace mantel with elaborately carved oak over-mantel with two busts of a male and female in the half round. Note the multi layered mouldings and carvings typical of the best craftsmen of the day. The whole is divided in four sections by four lion headed capitals on pilasters. Width 84 Height 114 in., Firebox: Width 66.5 Height 65 in. (2) Four double doors. (4) Width 62 in., Door: Width 54 Height 83 in. (3) Paneled walls. Elaborately carved with strap-work, simulated columns, acanthus leaf brackets, medallions (square, rectangular and octagonal, often with central five-pointed star). The lion head capitals repeat at panel tops. (5) Width 63, (1) Width 65, (2) Width 86, (2) Width 31, (2) Width 38 in. Note: the lot also includes an apron, 10 ft. x 12 ft., cut limestone and leaded glass bay windows as shown in the black and white photo. Bay window: (approximate) Width 90 Height 100 in. Note the carved rosettes on the header section. Angled sides (not pictured): 49 in.
LITERATURE J. Harris, Moving Rooms: The Trade in Architectural Salvage, Yale University, 2007, p. 247.
PROVENANCE deaccessioned from the collection of the Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO).
DATE Late 16th century
DIMENSIONS Height 114 in.
Note: this can be easily shipped, as it breaks down into many large flat panels, joined by the pilasters.