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Lady Ranfurly's sitting room, Government House, Wellington, [Between 1897 and 1903]

Reference Number: PA1-f-194-08

View of Lady Ranfurly's sitting room. Richly patterned wall papers and fabric form the background. Flowers are a feature. They include potted Azaleas and Cinerarias, and vases of Tulips, Freesias, Spraxias, and Jerbera. Some of the vases and plant pots fall into the contemporary category of "art pottery". There are also ebonized, rush seated "art chairs". A stool supporting an art vase of flowers is decorated in a technique called chip carving, a form of ornamentation derived from 17th century British fashions in decorative wood carving. This technique was used by commercial furniture makers, but was also a popular home craft for middle class women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There are carved maori boxes (waka huia) on some of the tables, and family photographs and prints of paintings on the mantlepeice above the cast iron and tiled grate. The mantelpiece is draped with swags of fabric. Books, fabric covered and wicker arm chairs and a large oak table are also part of the furnishings. Photograph taken between 1897 and 1903 by an unknown photographer.

Key terms:
1 image, related to Constance Elizabeth Knox Ranfurly, Government House (Wellington), Parliament Street, Wallpaper, Plants - Cineraria, House plants, Freesia, Waka huia, Furniture, Edwardian - New Zealand - Wellington Region, Furniture, Victorian - New Zealand - Wellington Region, Living rooms - New Zealand - Wellington Region, Azaleas - New Zealand - Wellington Region, Tulips (flowers), Art pottery, British - New Zealand - Wellington Region, Art pottery, Victorian - New Zealand - Wellington Region, Textile fabrics, Wood-carving, Maori and Flowers.

Part of:
Photographs of Government Houses, New Zealand, Reference Number PA1-f-194 (35 digitised items)
Ranfurly family :Photographs, Reference Number PAColl-5745 (114 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original photographic print(s)Silver gelatin print 236 x 295 mm mounted on album page 272 x 359 mm. Single photograph

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Inscriptions: Inscribed - On album page - above image: Lady Ranfurly's sitting room, Wellington.

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