Monday, November 19, 2012

Buckland Abbey Part V

What else might you find in the well-equipped drawing room.  A musical instrument.  In this case there is a square piano. A small elegant piece of furniture.

This one is dated 1778 and is a forerunner of a modern piano. The strings being struck rather than plucked, although it retains some of the the harpsichord sound.

The little box on the right hand side has some levers which allow the production of different tones.

Leaving the drawing room we go down the magnificent staircase we saw earlier. How about this for a window seat. You could almost sleep in this embrasure, or get up to all sorts.

And what about these interesting features. One a part of the old abbey above a doorway, the other an odd shaped passage leading from one part of the house to the other.

More to see next time.