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Blue room fireplace Fireplace with tiles

This room is nearly unchanged from 1759. The outstanding feature of the room is a set of English and Dutch fireplace tiles depicting biblical scenes, animals, ships, and ruins.

The fireplace was reduced in size at an early date.

Chinese mandarin tile
The Chinese mandarin


Dancing girl tile
The dancing girl

Henry Longfellow described many of the tiles in his poem, To a Child, written for his son Ernest.

"Thou gazest at the painted tiles,
Whose figures grace,
With many a grotesque form and face.
The ancient chimney of thy nursery!

The lady with the gay macaw,
The dancing girl, the grave bashaw
With bearded lip and chin;
And, leaning idly o'er his gate,
Beneath the imperial fan of state,
The Chinese mandarin."

 

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