Heart of glass

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

AGEORGIAN mir­ror that bears the arms of Ro­man­tic poet Shel­ley (left) has re­turned to its home, Av­ing­ton Park in Hamp­shire, which was en­larged in the 17th cen­tury in hon­our of a visit from Charles II and Nell Gwynne and later owned by the poet’s brother Sir John Shel­ley. The gilt­wood mir­ror was cre­ated by Thomas Pon­sonby (1767–1848), a carver, gilder and glass grinder with Royal War­rant ap­point­ments from both Ge­orge IV and Wil­liam IV, and later ‘up­dated’ with the arms of Sir Bysshe Shel­ley, grand­fa­ther of Percy. It was sold in 1951 fol­low­ing the death of Sir John Shel­ley-rolls and even­tu­ally shipped to Amer­ica, but has now, af­ter 65 years, re­turned and been re-hung in time for the sum­mer sea­son. ‘The mir­ror’s his­tory in this house dates to at least the mid 19th cen­tury. It ar­rived back to us just a few weeks ago,’ say own­ers Sarah and Char­lie Bullen. ‘Now hung, it looks as if it’s been here for al­most 170 years.’ Av­ing­ton Park is well known for its mir­ror col­lec­tion, which also in­cludes a Grin­ling Gib­bons. The house and grounds are open on Sun­days and Bank Hol­i­day Mon­days start­ing on May 1. Vis­i­tors need to book in ad­vance via the web­site— www.aving­ton­park.co.uk — as spa­ces are lim­ited.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.