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Pendle Hall Dolls' House - Room 11 Withdrawing Room

Pendle Hall Dolls House - Room 11 Withdrawing Room

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Source: Museum Victoria

The withdrawing room is one of 21 rooms in the dolls' house Pendle Hall. It was designed and decorated by Felicity Clemons over a forty year period, and each piece of furniture and fixture was handmade by her. She used books and magazines for inspiration, and to achieve a high level of accuracy in the design and execution of each item.

It is a large room on the ground floor of the house, directly below the library and bathroom. It is a room used to entertain guests of the household in the afternoon, and was often where people would `withdraw' after dinner. In later years its name was shortened to the drawing room. It was usually located on the side of the house that took advantage of the afternoon sun.

At the centre front of the room is a wooden and glass display table, with turned legs.

On the left hand wall is a semi circular wooden side table, which contains a pair of candlesticks and a bowl of flowers. Above the table is a long rectangular sash window, with a pair of embroidered curtains with gold tassels.

On the back wall is a large wooden and glass cabinet, decorated with a black and gold chinese lacquered design. There are four long drawers at the bottom, and two glass panelled doors at the top, which open to reveal three shelves. There is an ornament on the top of the cabinet. In the right hand corner is a wooden pot stand, with a bowl of yellow flowers on top. In the centre is an open fire place, containing logs, which has a large plaster moulded mantle and surround, which is topped by a plaster female bust. On the mantel piece are two candlesticks, two vases with yellow flowers and an ornament.

In front of the fireplace are a wooden upholstered seat and settle. Around the room are six wooden upholstered chairs. On the right hand wall is a door to the entrance hall. Around the walls are ten framed paintings. The walls and ceilings are decorated with moulded plaster panels. Two crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling. The floor is covered with intricately decorated parquetry.

In the room are a number of people, including five female guests, four male guests, including a man in Scottish regalia, and a maid servant in uniform. Six of the dolls are sitting, and four are standing.

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