Brights introduce Althorp Living History collection
12 September 2010
Brights of Nettlebed are very proud to be the UK distributors of the Theodore Alexander collection endorsed by Earl Spencer.The collection features stunning Replicas and pieces inspired by the breathtaking Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire. Athorp House has been home to the Spencer family for over 500 years and it contains some of the finest examples of English Architecture, Furniture and Fine art in the country.
Among the Althorp Living History collection, there are somewhere in the region of 250 unique pieces of furniture. A whole manner of items have been crafted, each one capturing the essence of Althorp in it's own way. The Regency Style Mahogany Cutlery and Plate Stand, decorated with the Spencer Crest is an exact replica of a piece (circa 1810) kept in the Tapestry Dining Room.
The Althorp Patent Jupes' Table is an ingenious version of William Jupes' patented extending dining table. These tables are immensely sought after, with originals often fetching around $500,000 at auction. The Althorp patent Jupes' table is, we believe, even better. It has the added benefit that the extendable leaves fold in two, and are stored inside the table itself.
One piece which beautifully demonstrates the 'lived experience' of Althorp as a family home is the Mahogany Staircase Bureau. It pays homage to the Grand Staircase which was installed when the central courtyard was covered in the early 1600s, by the wife of the First Earl of Sutherland.