This lavish dining room, set for a grand banquet is found in the famous Chatsworth House, one of the most well known stately homes in Great Britain. The decor and settings reflect early 19th century decor. The table is set with gorgeous silver and crystal table settings and accented by bright red roses chosen from Chatsworth House’s extensive gardens. On the red walls hang classic paintings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries in their heavy gilt frames. When the house was built the crystal chandelier and wall sconces would have been lit up by real candle light. The design of the furniture is simple and elegant perhaps to not distract from the ornate surroundings. If you were invited to dinner at Chatsworth you would dine with dukes, lords, barons, Prime Minister and other dignitaries.
Chatsworth House has been occupied since Norman times though the main house was constructed in the 16th century and has been home to several generations of the Dukes of Devonshire. William Cavendish, the 6th Duke, also known as the “Bachelor Duke,” spent much of his time collecting art, furniture and improving the surrounding gardens. After his death in 1858 the enormous house, became increasingly difficult to maintain, especially during World War I and WWII. Chatsworth House is still privately owned and is open for public tours. If you have a chance to visit Chatsworth House you may recognize one of its rooms from the television series “The Crown”, starring Claire Foy as Queen Eizabeth II.