Breamore House ~ kitchen - In the old kitchen is displayed a batterie de cuisine – the collection of coppers used by the family over the past century, many carrying the initials of their owners. The pestles and mortars are the forerunners of today’s electric mixers for pounding fish, meat and fruit. The beer wagon dates from the eighteenth century when it was run up and down the table in the Staff Hall so that all could help themselves.
Lynnewood Hall's Grand Hall was inspired by Richard M Hunt's Great Hall at the Breakers in Newport. The concept and the details of the giant order articulating the space are very similar. Trumbauer's penchant for revising existing designs was despised by his peers. Appropriating the work of others, living or dead, is certainly not respectable. But the fact that I often like his reworked versions better than the originals messes up my clarity on the issue. JC