A Curious English Marquetry Picture of Shakespeare's House in the cottage orné or Swiss style
A Curious English Marquetry Picture of Shakespeare's House in the cottage orné or Swiss style

A Curious English Marquetry Picture of Shakespeare's House in the cottage orné or Swiss style

1800 to 1900 england

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A Curious English Marquetry Picture of Shakespeare’s House in the cottage orné or Swiss style
Circa 1830

Size : 21.5 cm high , 21 cm wide – 8½ ins high , 8¼ ins wide

Inscribed in ink to the reverse in an old 19 th century hand : ‘Shakespeare’s house , Stratford upon Avon - This picture comprises 194 pieces of inlaid natural sourced woods . In the frame about 300 pieces . – J H Grigg . – The artist patronised by his Grace the late Duke of Wellington . No. 20 - £ 2 . 0 d .0 d’
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Provenance : From the collection of an English Private Museum

The Swiss cottage or cottage orné was the embodiment of an aristocrats fantasy of the joys of rural life and the countryside . It is a highpoint of the 'picturesque' movement , and derived from the French idea of the 'Ferme Ornée' , a kind of pleasure farm for world weary Royalty and court followers . In England and Ireland it became a romantic interpretation of a peasants cottage in a rural setting and is revealing of early 19 th century society's developing sensitivity towards nature . John Nash was the great English master of the cottage orné . Having built the Royal Pavilion in Brighton he went on to build Blaise hamlet , near Blaise Castle , Bristol and the Swiss cottage at Cahir , Ireland as well as others . He pioneered English and Irish taste in the cottage orné .

Dimensions
Height 21.50 cm (8.46 inches)
Width 21.00 cm (8.27 inches)
Medium
wood, glass
Signed/Inscribed
Inscribed in ink to the reverse in an old 19 th century hand : 'Shakespeare's house , Stratford upon Avon - This picture comprises 194 pieces of inlaid natural sourced woods . In the frame about 300 pieces . - J H Grigg . - The artist patronised by
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