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Doubts and suspicions. Story 32

Just then Vanessa arrived rather breathlessly.

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Just then Vanessa arrived rather breathlessly.
"You can't" she announced crisply to Duncan. (It was rare for Vanessa to ever be crisp with anyone - something must have happened) "It's sold - to a Grecon lady who collects dolls; houses - and I am quite sure that she does not wish for any extra embellishments on it" Duncan looked disappointed but the his eyes lit on the oak Elgin wardrobe that had somehow missed his attentions previously.....
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11 Comments

Jane
7:05 AM on November 8, 2014 
And now I've just seen your lovely book review on it, Rebecca. Is the book still available? I must do an internet search. The Elgin does indeed look superb painted up and very William Burges!
Jane
6:59 AM on November 8, 2014 
Titania's Palace, so I am reliably informed, was exhibited at Kirkcaldie & Stains (our local posh department store) in Wellington before the war for charity but I'm afraid that was long before my time. Rebecca, it must have gone to Australia too? Well, I guess at least at that time, you knew if you painted your Elgin, you could go out and get some more. But there's no doing that now... I will have to have a look, I didn't realise there was Elgin in Titania's Palace, I've never seen pix of it.
Rosemary
4:00 AM on November 7, 2014 
I dithered too long over the Chinese style double seater and two chairs and they were gone. I had bought the double seater and stool and low table from another seller earlier - they are Singing Tree items but I wonder if they are early Bespaq? When did they start producing? These are factory made items and professionally painted and from the 80s. Sir Thomas has bagged them so we will have to visit the Towers to see them in situ. Virginia is putting her hat already for a visit........
Rebecca Green
3:37 AM on November 7, 2014 
I was wondering about that wardrobe! And yes, there's quite a lot of painted Elgin in Titania's palace, in the princesses' bedroom (and the princes' too, maybe?) That was done when it was new - although I suppose this Elgin wardrobe is fairly new in the story, given Angelica's age .....
Glad you got the Singing Tree table, Rosemary - just the table, or did you buy the other pieces too?
Rosemary
2:45 AM on November 7, 2014 
Singing Tree table - i fell in love with it at the Bedford auction but didn't win the box...so when I saw it on eBay later, it was a "must" I am hoping to learn some of the skills of the decorator - it is very nicely done - so maybe it will pay it's way after all. I also knew it was just right for Bloomsbury - no expense spared on this comic strip! By the way, Jane, take a look at Titania's palace, an Elgin bed and washstand are painted up - making it look rather Burgess in style. But I'll keep Duncan off the Elgin here!
Zoe H
1:29 AM on November 7, 2014 
Only furniture stamped 'Made in Taiwan' should be allowed into this house!
Jane
6:59 PM on November 6, 2014 
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, not the Elgin!!!
Jane
6:59 PM on November 6, 2014 
Me three! A lovely piece from The Singing Tree!
lallyp
6:56 PM on November 6, 2014 
Judy C says...
Love the table the house is standing upon.

Me too!
Judy C
2:39 PM on November 6, 2014 
Love the table the house is standing upon.
Wendy Stephen
1:00 PM on November 6, 2014 
Oh wow Rosemary, love it :-)

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