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|Queen Anne House 18th Century
This handsome building can be seen in Charlotte Square, Bath. It has both square and round pillars set under a pronounced pediment. A building of pleasing proportion from a city built of soft, warm Bath stone. The model features the "naughty boy spikes" along the front walls - of more use for tying up horses and warning off intruders!
|Mozart Theatre 18th
Throughout Mozarts creative years he composed and recited. The National Theatre of Prague (Tyl or Estate Theatre), was one venue in which he chose to present many of his first performances. These include Figaro 1786, Don Giovanni 1789 and Clemenza di Tito 1791. The theatre had special significance to Mozart as his audiences were loyal and appreciative over many years. This winged theatre of balanced design has both grace and style. As a bookend it has always been very popular not only because of its association with Mozart but also because it is very pleasing in its own right.
|Le Palais Royal 18th
The model shows a section of apartments built to house the nobility of the French court. Imagine 100 such apartments set in a rectangular square and you have the size of Le Palais Royal. Arcaded ground floor boutiques with the shopkeeper flats immediately above make up the lower level. The first floor is taken up with reception rooms and above this are bedrooms and servants' quarters. Between the pilasters are carved panels relating to classic myth and legend. During the revolution the Square was ravaged and overrun by the mob but later returned to a centre of culture and entertainment. At one corner is housed Frances oldest surviving theatre. Le Palais Royal also boasts the worlds first restaurant where Parisians were offered the first alternative menu. Lead urns are featured on this model, a delicate edition to the range of bookends.
|Somerset House 1786
This palatial building was built upon the Thames as the pay office and administrative centre of the largest navy in the world in with which England policed its great empire. The arched centre of the building was the main entrance to the office and courtyard. This is now a prime London landmark at the top of The Strand. It was built by influential architect, Sir William Chambers. It has recently become home to one of the greatest silver collections in the world The Gilbert Collection from America.
|Soane Stable Block
Sir John Soane was an idiosyncratic but talented architect and collector- his museum is a must for any visitor to London.
|Mackintosh Double Doors
This set of bookends features a detail from Queens Cross Church, Glasgow. Stained glass has been placed behind the two windows allowing light to shine from behind. These bookends have a very clean, simple line, and yet again they illustrate Charles Rennie Mackintoshs talent for space and detailing. The roll top lintel above the door is very characteristic. Queens Cross Church interior is set under a roof symbolising the upturned ribs of the ark. The whole church continues this symbolic theme and is a fascinating place to experience.
|Oxford Camera 1748
The great university city of Oxford is one of the most beautiful of all European cities. Its many colleges form a skyline of domes, towers and spires. At its centre is the octagonal library known as The Radcliffe or Oxford Camera. Oxford has educated many of historys great men and women in a tradition of learning that stems back to the 13th century.