The Chatsworth Lady as an internet presence began quite innocently (as these things often do) a few years ago, when a friend/shop owner on Etsy encouraged me to open my own shop to sell vintage jewelry and collectibles. Given my penchant for British history, architecture and gardening it was a no-brainer to name my shop ‘Chatsworth Vintage’; however, the classic Colen Campbell illustration from Vitruvius Brittanicus wasn’t amenable to being used as an avatar, so I instead photographed a small 1850s watercolor minature portrait that I’d bought years ago from an antique store in Massachusetts. I have no idea who this young lady was, but once affiliated with my Etsy shop she acquired an identity as “The Chatsworth Lady”.
Approximately a year later I decided to start a blog on Tumblr in order to provide more detailed information on the types of vintage items I offered (Etsy listing descriptions aren’t the best places in which to be verbose, because shoppers have notoriously short attention spans); the blog was also named Chatsworth Vintage and linked to the shop. But “life and time” conspired during the past two years to make the shop more of a burden than a pleasure; major changes in the Etsy venue itself weren’t exactly to my liking either. So I liquidated the remaining inventory and closed the shop on January 1, 2015. I had definitely enjoyed my blogging experience and so I renamed it The Chatsworth Lady and carried on.
However, I couldn’t escape the nagging feeling that Tumblr really isn’t the ideal venue for blog posts that are heavier on words than on images, and felt a need to “graduate” to a more professional-feeling venue. After discovering how easy it would be to import my existing Tumblr blog to WordPress, here I am — or should I say “here we are”, because I would be delighted if you would join me in my ongoing fascination with gardening, art porcelain, vintage jewelry, precious gems and jewels, and so much more!
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