Story: Home décor and furnishings

Interior of a house, 1851

Interior of a house, 1851

Charles Emilius Gold painted this interior of the simple house of Mr Wining, who may have been a whaler, judging from the whale vertebrae used as stools. Everyday implements such as a rifle, rope, eating and cooking utensils and flax kete (baskets) form part of the décor, as do hanging foodstuffs including fish, ducks, pūkeko (swamp hens) and drying ears of corn. Mr Wining and his Māori wife warm themselves by the all-important fireplace, where a meal is in preparation.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-447-002
Watercolour by Charles Emilius Gold

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Home décor and furnishings - Settling in, 1790 to 1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/40701/interior-of-a-house-1851 (accessed 20 November 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013