Chilly reflection

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Gilded windows

Notably gilded!247

This is Chatsworth and the light was fairly dull on that day but the gold colour was quite striking nonetheless.

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Then the yellow of the hedge in front was again quite eyecatching, more so ,in fact, than if the sun had been out!

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The bronze dogs and the stone lion added more interest against the hedge but note that the ground floor windows have not had the gilding treatment!

But hey, who needs to paint their windows gold when nature has its very own golden flowers…

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Chatsworth(2) around the grounds

It was a slightly hazy day and not much drama with light and shadows but plenty of statues lending their own drama to the scene.  Most of the figures are Italian marble and would have originally been pure white.The marble is constantly being cleaned on the classical statues and in the most basic way with a toothbrush and water ( I am no expert but some conservation work is not as glamorous as it sounds!). Each statue takes eight hours or so to clean and they are not taken back to their original whiteness.

Sugaring occurs on the surface of marble which is that crumbly sort of look.177

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This is half her head and her shoulder after toothbrush treatment!