Feeling reflective as we head towards the #wintersolstice
Here’s the Studio photographed back in May by Eddie Otchere. @dhagren
Are you planning a visit to Charleston over the holidays? Check our opening hours:
Closed 24-26 December
Open 27-30 December
Guided house tours from 11:30-2:30 • Garden, @thethreshingbarn
Galleries and Shop 10-5 •
Enjoy the magic of #winteratcharleston
📷 Duncan Grant’s bedroom by @pennyfewster
Sunlight streaming into the Dining Room creating wonderful shadows.
The House is open for winter tours from Wednesday to Sunday 11:30-3(last entry 2:30). Book via our website 💫.
A wonderful mist is sweeping along the dips in the Downs this morning... with the promise of blue skies ahead 💫
The last colours in the garden, gathered by head gardener @ficharleston
series continues with a detailed shot of the mantelpiece in the Studio. Until 1925 Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell had worked in the house or in an old army hut in the garden which they called ‘Les Misérables’. The Studio we know today was designed by Roger Fry and was built where the chicken run had once been.
The mantelpiece is still cluttered with photographs, invitations and ceramics. In this shot the picture of Vanessa Bell was taken when she was aged 24, the patterned vase was made by Quentin Bell and decorated by Vanessa. Ph. @fotocolonia
The warmest room of the house. Today’s #cornersofcharleston
is the House kitchen. A large Aga keeps this room permanently cosy. The blue-and-white pattern serving dishes are a relic of 22 Hyde Park Gate - the home Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf grew up in.
The @pantone #colouroftheyear2019
was revealed today. Here’s #LivingCoral
alive and well in the Garden Room. The Three-fold screen with decorations is by Duncan Grant c.1934. This was formerly in Grant’s Studio in Fitzroy Street London. “This muted terracotta is an oasis of calm” says Jonathan Jones in today’s @guardian
. What do you think?
Today’s edition of #CornersofCharleston
comes from the Studio – the last room featured in a house tour.
The lower pine cupboard was decorated by Richard Shone in the late 60s. On top of this is the ‘Adam and Eve’ oak cupboard with two panelled doors painted by Duncan Grant in 1913. It was originally in Vanessa Bell’s Attic Studio and was moved downstairs when the house was restored in the early 1980s. Inside you can see various original painting ephemera used by Bell and Grant [and at times, the odd spider].
Not an obviously ‘Charleston’ picture today for #CornersofCharleston
– the back of the door in Duncan Grant’s dressing room. What is very typical are the brush strokes and layers of paint, this can be seen throughout the house, even in the hallways and door frames.
Duncan’s dressing room can be glimpsed through the door when on a house tour. The book, Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden notes; ‘The fact that Duncan had a dressing room may seem curious given his casual style. But he also kept his family pictures and books here. His reading matter ranged from Tolstoy and Walter Pater to Gracie Fields and Cecil Beaton.’ The coat hanger says Hotel Majestic in Cannes.
December can be a busy month, and also a great time for reflection. Winter at Charleston is slightly slower paced, giving visitors the chance to notice objects, paintings and ceramics not considered before.
With this in mind, throughout December we’ll be sharing #CornersofCharleston
. First up, the washstand in Vanessa Bell’s bedroom.
In 1939 the larder was converted into Vanessa’s bedroom, the tiny window replaced with French doors opening onto the garden. A bath and washstand were installed and a screen was placed to separate them from the rest of the room.
Photo credits: Details, @pennyfewster
, wider shot – Tony Tree.
Low winter light in Vanessa Bell’s bedroom. 💫
We’re open all weekend, check our website for opening times and to book on a tour. #winteratcharleston #vanessabell
A thick fog is hugging the South Downs. As we bid farewell to November we also say goodbye to the Virginia Creeper. 🌫🍁