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Knole Settee, Mill House Antiques

Did you know that 57% of Downton Abbey’s Facebook Fans are from the US and only 13% are the from UK?

Did you also know that the red sofa that is often at the center of comings and goings in Downton’s library is called a Knole settee or sofa?  It is so named for the Knole House in Kent, which first summoned its construction.  Originally, the Knole settee was a monarch’s throne.  With its high sides and back, a monarch would be protected by the nasty drafts that filled the halls of these great manors.  And when it was time for a royal nap, the tassels over the corner finials could be removed and the sides folded down for a power 30.  Indeed, the Knole settee certainly gave the occupier a sense of grandeur.  No wonder, Lord Crawley is often found quietly nestled in his Knole settee in the library.

While not everyone can claim heir to an ancestral home, one can certainly lay claim to this magnificent Knole Settee that can only be discovered at Mill House Antiques.

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Wine Cellaret from Mill House Antiques

Did you know that a cellaret or wine cooler was quite an important piece of furniture? For those who had not yet acquired an Adam sideboard, where the wine could be stored in a pedestal cupboard, a cellaret served as an essential place to store wine once it was removed from the cellar but not yet not ready for pouring. Since the wines were often chilled prior to their pouring, cellarets were lined with a lead liner to contain the ice and its melt. The size and design of cellarets varied widely from open oval designs to octagonal shaped ones with covers. Most were on legs, which is why today they function wonderfully as end or side tables.

Take this handsome cellaret in burl walnut sitting atop cabriole legs ending in pad feet. While its lead liner has long disappeared, this cellaret itself can still be discovered at Mill House Antiques.

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Did you know that a seaman’s chest not only spoke about his skill as a sailor but his life as well?

When a seaman set sail for distant lands aboard cramped vessels, he would stuff all his belongings in a small wooden chest.  Such chests would represent the entirety of a sailor’s worldly life including sentiments of family and home.  Sometimes a sailor would decorate the inside with a painting of home or his vessel, but always a sailor would display his seamanship in the rope handles he would tie on the ends of the chests.  Fore, no sailor was worth his weight in ballast if he could not tie a proper knot!

Take this fine example of a 19th century Welsh seaman’s chest with its finely tied rope handles and canted sides.  Such wonderful examples can only be found at Mill House Antiques.  www.millhouseantiquesandgardens.com.

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