Guild Master’s and Clerk’s
These two rooms are one on top of the other. To dress one of these spaces I need to sort out the other one at the same time. Who’s going to have what? What colours will each have etc. One room has only recently been built and the other has been sitting there from the very beginning of time … I mean it’s one of the first spaces built so that would make it around 4½ years ago or so.
I’d previously decided on a table and covering for the clerk downstairs and boxed it all away. I’ve since chosen a table for the Master. And yes, you’re right, there is now a however coming. Both spaces could do with something a little smaller than the tables selected.
Now then, I could use the clerk’s smaller table upstairs perhaps, as long as its legs are invisible – much needed as it’s a Victorian washstand with its outer border removed.
Right. The washstand, being smaller than the table, goes upstairs and needs to be covered to floor length. And the lovely table with the suitably shaped legs can go back in storage.
But what goes downstairs? As only the covered surface of the table in the clerk’s space is going to be visible I’ve thrown together a something or other out of bits lying around.
Tables sorted – what to cover them in?
First of all, profound apologies to the maker of the beautifully hand stitched carpet. I’ve over dyed it and added the odd gold blob here and there. This was going with the washstand downstairs so I think it’s as well it stays with it and goes in the Master’s office, thereby covering the ‘wrong’ legs.
Once again – what goes downstairs? In the end I think the decision goes to the fabric at the back of the photo. It’s vaguely carpet like, a little reminiscent of a Medieval design and doesn’t ‘yell’ at you too much so it might be OK when littered with various objects.
I’ll leave the sorting out of where the floor light should go (possibly to be moved to the far right side of the table?) until the rest of the room is built, I think.
The dressing of this space is very loosely inspired by the Holbein painting of Georg Guise.
Why this painting?
Well, I like the colours and the details – Georg seems to be standing in the very corner of a room, almost enclosed in a booth, and is obviously a man of business. Very suitable for a busy clerk as well as the wealthy merchant that Georg was in his time. The clerk’s room doesn’t have the same proportions but I’ll give it a whirl and see what it looks like.
Required for the job
I need shelves, rails, hooks, books, boxes, papers, keys, a ball of string(?) in a holder, pan scales, rings, a notice on the back wall and some strange things hanging down from the edge of the shelf at the back. That should get something started.
Now I need a Georg, he’ll need some clothes for 1616 rather than 1532 and the table needs sorting out.