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Gwaenynog, near Denbigh, believed to have been removed from the staircase
These carved newel post finials are from Gwaenynog Hall, Denbigh. A Myddleton family home for over 500 years, where both Dr. Johnson and the 'Ladies of Llangollen' were entertained, in 1870 it was sold by the Reverend Robert Myddleton to the Burton Family when these newel posts, as well as the panelling in the Library, were removed to Chirk.
Such carved urns filled with flowers are a conventional staircase finial ornament dating from the middle years of the seventeenth century. Typically, they are carved from elm, which is a tough timber, resistant to splitting as it dries, and therefore suitable for carving in large scantlings such as these. Similar examples are widely scattered in great houses throughout the British Isles and may be seen, for example, at Astley Hall, Lancashire.