Audley End House

Project: Audley End House
Location: Essex

Historical Background

Audley End House is a largely early 17th-century country house outside Saffron Walden, Essex. It was once a prodigy house, a palace in all but name and renowned as one of the finest Jacobean houses in England. Audley End is now one-third of its original size, but is still large, with much to enjoy in its architectural features and varied collections. It is currently in the stewardship of English Heritage and remains the family seat of the Lords Braybrooke.

The Project

Zardi & Zardi were approached by English Heritage to produce reproduction banners made for the vast Jacobean Great Hall at Audley End House.  This is a marvellous room where King would have entertained the Royal Court, with its examples of medieval artistry: panelled walls, a coffered ceiling with raised plaster decoration and floors of marble. Embroidered silk banners hung from brass poles jutting out of the walls, and it was these banners that needed repair. English Heritage wanted to find as close a match as possible for the banners, in both design and colour, so had commissioned Zardi & Zardi to produce long-term/permanent replacements.

Alongside the banners, Zardi & Zardi produced fabric for curtains bedding and upholstery.  Digital images of an original fabric, which was on a daybed, were taken and used to produce a patterned copy that could be used to create further matching soft furnishings.