In Henry Sandford’s day the Parlour was the family room, a comfortable and private space used for everyday activities.
– The BUREAU BOOKCASE provided a gentleman with a place for letter-writing and business matters while he was away from his country estate.
– NEWSPAPERS and BOOKS reflect improved literacy and a growing interest in current affairs in the later 18th century.
– Breakfast was an informal meal often taken in the Parlour on an elegant BREAKFAST TABLE which could then be folded away.
Symmetry was a key feature of Georgian architecture, bringing a sense of order and restraint to interior spaces. Decorative impact came from the fashionable carpets at your feet.