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October 31, 2012, 04:04 PM

Sir Joseph Beecham's panelling finds a new home in Normandy

By Nadine Davies

The panelling's new home in Etretat [photo © TAF

London North, UK - Nadine and Jason have just arrived back from France delivering Sir Joseph Beecham's antique mahogany panelling to its new home, a beautiful châteaux in Étretat.

The panelling, a fine example of Edwardian splendour, was removed from a prestigious home in Hampstead that was occupied by Sir Joseph Beecham. This magnificent 36 room mansion town house was originally built in 1874 and was bought by Sir Joseph in around 1903. It was where he used to entertain his high society guests including King Edward VII.

Sir Joseph spent copious amounts of money restoring the property adding panelling and fireplaces embellished with the Beecham arms and motto Nil sine labore - nothing without labour. The 73 linear feet of exceptional quality panelling was removed from the ballroom of the Hampstead home. Sir Joseph was the fourth richest man in England, thus the quality truly represents his opulence.

More fittings from this room are available such as doorways, fireplaces and radiator covers.

Sir Joseph Beecham was son of Thomas Beecham senior, whose business eventually became today's Glaxo Smith Kline, and father of Thomas Beecham the great English conductor. Etretat was frequented by English artists and eccentrics in the early 1800s, and by Guy de Maupassant, Claude Monet and the poet Algernon Swinburne who Maupassant possibly rescued from drowning.

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Date Modified: January 05, 2013, 02:32 PM

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