The Garden Room
The Garden Room, also known as the Green Room, is one of the most iconic rooms of Winfield House. The work by decorator William Haines in the Garden Room for Ambassador and Mrs. Annenberg, has been the most extensive stylistic refurbishment to date. The Garden Room begins with the continuous oak parquet de Versailles flooring covered by a large carpet featuring bamboo and butterflies, an original design by Haines. The European furnishings [there are also oriental furnishings] in the Garden Room vary in style from French Rococo to Queen Anne Revival. Oriental influences can be observed in the various lacquered tables, lacquered chests, and porcelain lamps found throughout the room. Textiles are of a variety of materials, including silk and brocade in shades of pink and green. The walls begin with a simple baseboard moulding in a waxed pine that match the rest of the millwork in the room. The walls are decorated with a hand-painted 18-century Chinese wallpaper, which Haines purchased from a room in Towny Hall, Ireland, which dates to England’s Georgian period. The color of the wallpaper is a jade green and depicts a landscape enriched with slender flowering trees of cherries, almonds, viburnums, and peonies. Crowther, a well-known English dealer for garden ornamentation and architectural features, supplied the mantelpiece, which perfectly coordinates with the intricately-carved broken pediments in waxed pine. Old pine was used in the construction of the piece in order to give the impression of natural patina as if the mantelpiece dated to the 18th-century. The broken pediments over the doors in the Garden Room were modeled after pediments in the North Hall at Claydon House in Buckinghamshire, England but were simplified by eliminating elaborate Rococo forms within the pediment. The original pediments at Claydon House are considered to be excellent examples of exuberant English Rococo designs, dating to the 1750s or Middle Georgian period. The windows are framed with architraves milled in pine and waxed. Haines also designed the eight pelmet boards over the window treatments of the Garden Room to keep the drapes within the window reveals in order to best showcase the Chinese wallpaper. A subtle cornice, in the same shade of green to match the wallpaper, is separated from the ceiling by a thick cove moulding detail also painted to match the wallpaper. Two crystal chandeliers hang gracefully from the ceiling of the Garden Room.
Chinese Lacquer cabinets, Late 19th Century, with a pair of doors decorated with scenes from court life, 1ft 11in by 2ft 11in, acquired in 1969.
Ebonised and Parcel-gilt Armchairs, Regency, lyre filled backs, with moulded arms and turned supports, the carved seats upon turned and tapering legs. Acquired in 1969.
Figure of Parrots, Green glazed, sitting on fissured rock work base, fitted for electricity, 11in. Acquired in 1969.
Garden Room Pelmets, Designed by William Haines
Carved Gilt-wood Mirrors, George III style, the rectangular center late with shaped border glasses within scroll and leaf carved frames, the cresting balconies flanked by cherubs, 8ft 4in 4ft 3in.
Hand Painted Chinese Wallpaper, All painted with birds, butterflies, peonies and chrysanthemum, on a light green ground, 12ft high, 46ft long, 27ft wide. Acquired in 1969.
Broken Pediments, English Rococo style of the 1750’s.
Garden Room Door Pediment, Drawn by Joseph Danielsen
Detail of Carpet, Garden Room, Designed by W. Haines
Detail of Carved Gilt-wood Mirrors
A Steinway & Sons Piano, In a rosewood case, 7ft 4in.
D-shaped chests, Four graduated drawers beneath cross banded tops, 2ft 9in by 2ft 9 1/4in. Acquired in 1954
Coffee Tables, Patinated bronze and Connemara marble, 1ft 5 3/4in by 3ft 5 1/2in, acquired in 1969.
Giltwood Settee, George III style, the moulded frame and padded arms with scale carved supports, the fluted senatorial on turned and tapering legs, 6ft 10in wide. Acquired in 1969.
Detail, Giltwood Settee
Mahogany Stools, Chinese Chippendale style, with upholstered tops, the legs carved with blind frets, 1ft 2 1/2in high by 1ft 9 1/4in wide. Acquired in 1969.
Chinese-Influenced Coffee Table, Chinese design glass and ebonised coffee tables, with gilt and green fretted tops, the chamfered legs with fretted brackets
Mahogany Settee, Louis XV style, the moulded frame carved with flowers and leaves and on moulded cabriole legs, 7ft 4in wide. Acquired in 1969.
Eighteen-branch Chandelier, Georgian Style, cut glass, each branch with drop hung drip-pans joined by chains issuing from cut glass bowls supported on baluster shafts drop hung and beneath a scroll shaped corona.
Chinese Porcelain Vase & Lamp
Chinese Porcelain Vase, Ornamented With Raised Household Objects
Carved Pine Fireplace, By Crowthers in London, the moulded and shaped mantel over a festooned frieze, the double scrolled Jambs hung with summer flowers and enclosing a green and white marble slip plate, made in 1969, 5ft by 3ft 5in.
Chinese Porcelain Vase
Painted Armchairs, In George III style, with lattice filled backs and arms, over curved supports, the upholstered seats on chamfered legs with H-form stretchers, painted with leaves and flowers. Acquired in 1969.
Detail of Painted Armchairs, With Chinese-influenced Lattice Work
Detail of Upholstered Stool
Detail of Drapery
Chinese Cloisonné Vase