The main surprise was a triptych by the school of Hieronymus Bosch that was part of the collection of paintings. You could get really close and examine it in a way that's just not possible in a museum. I spent ages looking at all the details, and think I discovered a very old and forgotten form of body piercing - on King Herod's thigh...
As well as the paintings, there was a collection of porcelain and an unusual Art Deco bathroom with aluminium gilding. The gardens were beautiful, with a huge 'mirror lake' and best of all - it was completely quiet! Not many people around - everybody must have been at home watching Wimbledon or something?!
Here is a small collection of things that caught my eye - there is a folder with the rest of the pictures on Flickr
|The triptych - click for a larger image|
|Medieval Body Piercing?|
|I took this because of the interesting necklace - click for a larger image|
|Three Ugly Sisters - from an illuminated manuscript|
|Half a Giant - from an illuminated manuscript - click for a larger image|
|This was in the plant shop - maybe I'll buy one next time|
|I can never resist fancy ironwork...|
|Foxes from the huge collection of Chelsea Porcelain|
|Couple - from the huge collection of Chelsea Porcelain|