I wanted to upload some more picture of this amazing place, so decided to add some pictures of some of the items from the collection. Some I have cleaned, some I have not but are amongst my favourite things at Powis Castle for various reasons. The collection here at Powis is the best Collection in the Care of the National Trust in Wales, if not the United Kingdom, and the list I have chosen is only a small selection of the thousands of amazing, beautiful and priceless objects housed here.
A photo I took on one of my (sunny!) days off of a sundial I cleaned a few days before. They are done annually, cleaned and a protective layer of renaissance wax placed on them. It just shows that the House Team’ remit is not just contained within the walls of the house.
The ceiling here has been recently restored, the paint being added, and I think it’s lovely and somewhat reminds me off the ceiling in the chapel at Hampton Court. I looked up at the ceiling and did not expect to see this so it was a lovely little surprise, a little bit of hidden beauty.
I think this screen is really interesting, it caught my eye the first time I went into the Oak Drawing Room. I love these cute and colourful little birds, all real. The cases of bigger birds in the Billiard room scare me a bit, with their glass eyes and sharp beaks, but I think these little birds are really sweet. I love pausing a moment to look at them when were doing the morning clean.
These coffee cups and matching saucers are one of my favourite items in the Clive Museum. They are really lovely and nice and colourful too. Quite different to the rest of the collection but something I would love to have in my house!
This book of hours used to belong to Lady Eleanor Percy, who also brought a wooden rosary that used to belong to Mary Queen of Scots to the family collection. The work put into this book is amazing, the level of detail is stunning! I love medieval illuminated manuscripts and this is a very fine example of one. I also love how this item is interpreted, there is a small electronic photo frame next to the glass case that contains the book. The photo frame shows images from the book and is a really good idea to allow visitors to see different pages in the book, and not just the page it is displayed on.
When I walked around the property after my interview for the internship one of the things I paused longest to look at was this amazing table. Having been recently restored the gilding on the legs is shining now and the top is highly polished giving it a real impact. On closer inspection you can see bird and snail motifs in the inlaid marble. As well as being a rare example of such a table it is really beautiful object that stops people and draws their attention, and rightly so.
Who wouldn’t like to spend a night in a bed like this!?! It is so sumptuous and incredibly grand. The State Bedroom was not used by the family, it was saved for the most important of their quests, and it is a beautiful room, deep red fabrics and gilded wood.
One of two dresses in the Clive Museum made from the ‘Cloth of Gold’, commissioned by Ella Rathbone, wife of the 5th Earl of Powis. The cloth was part of the Clive collection and Ella decided to make something out of it. This is the gown she is wearing in her portrait hanging in the State Dining Room. I do love a pretty dress!
This is just a small selection of the objects housed here at Powis Castle, and a very biased selection chosen in accordance with my own personal preference, but I hope it shows some of the amazing beauty I am privileged to work amongst.