BAFRA AGM 2015 – A most successful day

This year the event was held at Burghley House, near Stamford in Lincolnshire. The house was originally built for Sir William Cecil between 1558 and 1587 and was modelled on the privy lodgings at Richmond Palace.

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The event started with an informal meeting for coffee in the foyer. The new BAFRA pop up displays were on show along with the short promotional film that has been produced for the association.

The next item on the agenda was a talk by the renowned furniture historian, Adam Bowett. Adam is an independent furniture historian. He has published widely in academic and popular journals and is the author of two books on English furniture. He works as a consultant to museums and auction houses, as well as to organizations such as the National Trust, Historic Scotland and Historic Royal Palaces. He provided an insight into the work of Gerrit Jensen (1680-1715). Linking together research he has made he was able to provide an intriguing detective story of works that Jensen had produced.

A tour of the house followed. The members were organised into three groups of 10 and had an in-depth look at the various rooms in the house. On several occasions we were able to go into the room and have a closer inspection of the furniture. The tour ended up at ‘Hell Staircase’ with the stunning ceiling paintings by Antonio Verrio and walls by Thomas Stotard and led on to a superb luncheon. After lunch the AGM was held and finally an opportunity to visit the workshops of textile conservator, Sheila Landi and accredited member, Anthony Beech.

One of our new pop up display screens:-

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The lecture by Adam Bowett:-

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The tour of the house started in the impressive kitchen:-

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It led on to some amazing examples of furniture, paintings, ceramics and silverware.

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Grinling Gibbons undertook some work for the house and produced a pair of superb carvings. One of them is shown here:

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Finally a tour of the workshops, showing here, those of Sheila Landi.

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If you want to see what you missed here is a film of the house