The rooms of parade at Erddig
Rich London lawyer, John Meller, bought Erddig in 1714 and set about enlarging the house by adding a wing to each side. He filled it with fine furnishings you can still see today.
John Meller created a set of elegant rooms facing the garden, each leading into the next with their doors arranged in a straight line. When the doors were open it was possible to look from one end to the other.
This arrangement originated in the French Royal Court and was called 'enfilade' and was very fashionable in the early 1700s.
How he used the rooms
These rooms were used for formal entertainment. To impress visitors they contained Mr Meller's finest furniture. They comprised two apartments on either side of a central reception room called the Salone. (nowadays called the Saloon).
Access to the apartments depended on your status. Only John Meller's important visitors or intimate friends would be allowed access to the most private rooms at the farthest distance from the Salone.
The south apartment comprised the Withdrawing Room, the Best Bedchamber, the Dressing Room and finally the Closet.
The north apartment contained the Second Best Bedchamber, its Dressing Room and Closet. The rooms of the north apartment have survived almost unaltered to the present day.
How he furnished the rooms
Just as the rooms were arranged in order of importance, so the decoration and furniture reflected the status of the rooms.
All the furniture was ordered from fashionable London cabinet makers and upholstered in the latest fabrics.
- Crimson woven wool and silk caffoy covered the chairs in the Salone
- Silver leaf finished the seat furniture of the Withdrawing Room
- Chinese embroidered silk hangings adorned the bed in the Best Bedchamber
- Soho tapestries lined the walls of the Best Bedchamber
- Blue damask covered the walls of the Best Dressing Room
- Another Soho tapestry made a grand finale in the Best Closet
Although some of the rooms have been altered, you'll still find most of John Meller's fine furniture and furnishings at Erddig today.