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Billiard Room

Note the beautiful filigree cornice. The walls are Victorian leather-rolled finish. The billiard table light is in the Gothic style and was originally gas powered. This, and the billiard table are by Thurston & Co. and are original to the castle. The table only needed to be re-covered. The Gothic cheval tables are mid 19c. The cabinet is by Holland and Sons and is original to the castle. The marble hearth of the fireplace is believed to have been designed by Robert Carr and carved by the Fisher family of York, being originally ordered by Lady Arundell for the Drawing Room of the old house and delivered in May, 1768, one year before her death. Four of the tapestries are 16c and depict King Maxmilian of Bavaria and were based on cartoons by Bernard van Orley. The large tapestry is also based on a cartoon by Bernard Van Oxley and is new. The original is in the Louvre Museum in Paris. In the background of the tapestry is the imperial palace, set on fire in 1731, the town hall and on the right the church of Saint Gudule, now the Saint Michael cathedral. Note that two of the scenes in the small tapestries are the same as in the large tapestry. The oil painting is a portrait of the Hon. John Spencer (1708-1748) by Stephen Slaughter in 1739.

The Hunts of Maxmilian:

During 1521-30 Bernard van Orley made twelve cartoons (also called with their French name petits patrons for his best-known tapestry series "The Hunts of Maximilian", one tapestry for each month, now in the Louvre in Paris). They were commissioned by Emperor Charles V. It took two years and sixty weavers to realize them. These hunts took place in the wide vicinity of Brussels or in the Forest of Soignes. The iconography of hunting parties would be greatly imitated by the tapestry workshops of the Leyniers family, - especially Everaert Leyniers (1597-1680) - the leading dyers and weavers in Brussels for over four hundred years.

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