Speaking of that beautifully crafted antique two door cupboard. It first appeared on what looks like its own slim-lined base in the second episode, first season.
But as he grows into the space, the little cupboard finds a larger base that works better to fill that space and adds a lived-in feel.
Yellow cubist-like painting
Le Bonnet du Bain replaced a yellow painting that finds its forever home on the other side of the fireplace.
I liked that splash of yellow. It warms the space.
I had to stare at it for a few minutes before I got the subject. At first glance, I thought it was a reindeer. But it is an heraldic angel blowing his trumpet! How unusually portrayed!
After hours of Googling, I finally have to admit… I don’t know it. Is it cubist? Modernist? Surrealist? I’m thinking it is a custom, for-the-show job.
Right of fireplace
From the start of the show, The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch, or The Skating Minister enjoyed being the only painting to the right of the fireplace. Virtually unknown and not signed, there have been controversies as to who painted The Skating Minister. Experts are divided; some say Sir Henry Raeburn and recently, some say French artist Henri-Pierre Danloux. Fitting to be in the lodgings of an art forger!
At the start of Season 2, to accommodate the mirror, paintings get rearranged and I think the walls are painted a warmer shade of white. At night, the paint seems to take on a warm colour. confirmed via here: Production designer Stephen Beatrice states that the wall of the room was originally white in the first season, then repainted in an off-white.
There’s a rather beautifully soft floral painting in Neal’s apartment. It finds its forever home above The Skating Minister. It’s rather hard to see detail, but I think they are red roses and white anemones… in a brass/silver vase on a teal tablecloth.
Framed in a sumptous gold frame and under the art-light, it glows.
Under The Skating Minister and floral painting sits a rather gorgeous yellow chinoserie cabinet. It was put up for auction when the series ended. So we have a really good photo of the cabinet. Bamboo frame with the typical birds and flowers in a Chinese-style.
Dining room furniture
The dining table is a study in simplicity, no adornment.
I was surprised that it is actually only a six seater, look so much longer than that. But this photo below shows that is not as long as the camera sometimes makes it out to be.
Distinctly mid century too. The pendant light over the dining table is also a mid century classic, the Saucer Lamp by George Nelson.
Against that are oak chairs with spindle backs and rush seats. Quite beautiful, actually, the honey colours.
On the pillar between the dining and living area hangs a picture of a sailboat. Ship and boat paintings are ever popular and they are recently gaining popularity. I really wanted to identify this one.
I have spent hours and hours looking for the painter. I have learnt two things from this exhaustive exercise: 1. there are hundreds of beautiful ship AND boat paintings out there; and 2. I was not able to find the painter. But I tried.
These are more photos of the painting:
I think that about rounds up the dining area for me. Hope this was helpful! :)