To fit into Friday's Hunt and Weekend Reflections memes I am going to show you perhaps the most attractive of the reception room at The Argory which is the drawing-room, which lay shrouded in dust-sheets from 1939 until 1979. Friday’s Hunt challenge is the letter K, favourite shot (and I am leaving that up to you to decide) and yellow/gold. The large group of staff and volunteers from Mount Stewart were divided into 3 smaller groups and we were the first group to be shown the house guided round so wonderfully by Edith Stafford.
The Drawing room was remodelled in the l89Os when the windows were lengthened and a small anteroom and cupboard were run into the room making it larger and brighter. Throughout this post you will see GOLD coloured frames and REFLECTIONS in all the mirrors.
There are two pietro duro round tables which came from Drumsill in 1916,
one of which is inlaid with butterflies. and the other with the quartered coat of arms of MacGeough and Bond.
This Steinway rosewood grand piano was bought in 1898 and
one of our volunteers played it for us very adaptly as
her hands moved across the Keys.
There are rich curtains and upholstery.
This work box is ready for use.
The ormolu colza-lamp was converted to gas in 1906 when an acetylene gas plant was installed in the yard for £257 17s. 6d. - a sum which included all the fittings, such as the wall brackets each side of the overmantel mirror. The Argory has never been lit by electricity, though the National Trust installed carefully concealed power points when they took over the house in 1979.
The lampshades above have been restores whereas the ones below still have to be restored.
The Carrara marble chimney-piece with baseless Doric columns is original, but most of the furnishing of this comfortable room is late nineteenth century. There are copies of old masters in gilt frames on the walls,
Oops! A selfie!
.The Bond arms appear on the architrave.
I leave you today, not in the Drawing Room but with a KEY from the front door of The Argory and the one below is the KEY and lock from Ardress House.
Finally a KNIFE sharpener.
I hope you enjoyed this post from The Argory today and thanks for your visit.
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