House Steward's collection highlights at Greys Court
There are so many interesting and wonderful objects in the collection around the house at Greys Court. Find out what our House Steward thinks are the top ones to spot as you wander around.
A family portrait
Look out for a portrait of Greys Court, on a summer afternoon in 1959, which was painted by Lady Brunner’s brother, Laurence Irving.
Charles Taylor, the head gardener at the time, mows the lawn in the foreground and other members of the Brunner’s staff also appear in the painting, demonstrating the close sense of community between staff and household.
Swiss card table
The Brunner family were of Swiss ancestry, and so a lot of the furniture that you see on your visit around the house is originally from Switzerland. The 16th-century Swiss table in the entrance hall would probably have been used as a games or card table.
Players would have chalked their scores onto the slate slab in the centre; it would likely also have been used with equal convenience for children’s lessons or drawings. Look closely for the inscription “Felix Brunner had me made in the year 1584 and in this house I must stay”.
Stained glass panels (1537) crown the top of the main staircase. They are all originally from Switzerland and would likely have been collected by Sir John Brunner, 1st Baronet, on one of his frequent trips to the country.
Called Wappenscheib, such panels were very popular throughout Switzerland in the 16th and 17th centuries and were often given as gifts to commemorate a marriage or the completion of a public building.
Look out for the depiction of the stone fountain – the Brunner family crest – and the unusual baking scene in the top right-hand corner.