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HOUGHTON HALL "A ROUNDED VIEW OF WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL AND CORRECT … A HOUSE HAS MANY DIFFERENT LAYERS AND GENERATIONS, ONE ON TOP OF ANOTHER." — LORD DAVID CHOLMONDELEY, 7TH MARQUESS OF CHOLMONDELEY, ON WHAT HE HOPES MUSEUM-GOERS TAKE AWAY FROM THE MFAH EXHIBITION O riginally commissioned in the early 18th century by England's first prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, this 106-room Palladian pile in England's Norfolk County is the home of the current Marquess of Cholmondeley, his wife and two children. We're fawning over the William Kent furniture, Sèvres porcelains, Sargent family portraits and Marchioness Sybil's 15-piece Garrard dressing table set from 1913, as well as personal correspondence between the marchioness and Charlie Chaplin. Bringing together some 100 of the these objects, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's "Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House" exhibition (through September 21) explores one of the world's most remarkable estates, its inhabitants and the objects they've lived among for nearly 300 years. HOUSTON-BOUND WITH A TROVE OF TREASURES BY SETH VAUGHAN AND MEGAN PRUITT WINDER Houghton Hall Entrance hall élan The dream-worthy Cabinet bedroom The Saloon's velveteen vernacular Cosseted in the sitting room Sixteenth-century French Gobelin tapestry $125,000, at Matt Camron Rugs. Nineteenth-century Henri II console $3,893, at Carl Moore Antiques. Nineteenth- century Italian mirror $3,600, at Objects Lost & Found. Nineteenth- century framed architectural plaster fragments $600, at Liz Spradling Antiques. Asprey topiary salt and pepper shakers $5,600, at Asprey New York, asprey. com. Hunter original British rain boot $195, at usa.hunter- Olympia Le-Tan Jane Eyre book clutch $1,945, at Forty Five Ten through Grenson G-Lab brogue $615, at Seletti porcelain soup tureen, $198, at Eighteenth-century Italian carved console $11,900, at Skelton St. John. Axminster carpet, price upon request, at Carol Piper Rugs. Junya Watanabe Fall 2014 men's collection, at Nordstrom. Studio Printworks' Memento Mori in Avaritis colorway, $105 per roll, at studioprint MARQUESS LARGESS: HOW TO GET THE LOOK. Hermès Bibliotheque wallpaper, to the trade at George Cameron Nash. Nineteenth- century Empire- style chandelier $15,725, at Found. Eddie Borgo medallion neck piece $1,500, at eddie Valentino pre-fall gown, price upon request, at Valentino. Flavor Paper's Andy Warhol's Queen Elizabeth in deep purple colorway, $300 per roll, at

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