The Day Of Queen Bess
The beautiful Elizabethan wood-work of the Charter-house, Gray's Inn Hall, and other contemporary London buildings, gives us a very good idea of the interiors of rooms for which the oak furniture of the days of Queen Bess was made.
In the Victoria and Albert Museum there are many rooms and fragments of rooms which have been removed from old houses. Reference has been made in the previous chapter to the insertion of dates on Tudor furniture at subsequent periods. There are few genuine dated pieces before the time of Elizabeth, but of her reign there are many, although the dated pieces are still more numerous later on in the seventeenth century.
The famous front of the house once belonging to Sir Paul Pinder, in Bishopsgate Street, built about the year 1600, is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum at South Kensington. It shows the remarkable lattice windows and front which are so characteristic of the architecture of that day, and which must have influenced furniture designers and makers in their styles and schemes of decoration. Sir Paul Pinder was ambassador from James I., at Constantinople 1611-1620, but his mansion had then been built, so that there can be no suspicion of an Oriental style influencing him. Sir Paul's house front had doubt-less many replicas in London then, but they are nearly all gone ! Another example which is well known is the reputed palace of Henry VII., in Fleet Street—a typical early Tudor town house.
( Originally Published Early 1900's )