Image copyrightNational TrustImage captionArchaeologists have begun a ground-level salvage in the saloon which used to be an impressive entrance hall
Since a devastating fire hit 18th Century Clandon Park in Surrey, reducing it to a shell, more than 400 objects have been salvaged from the burnt-out remains – but work continues on the fabric of the building itself.
After the mansion’s contents were removed and charred timbers were carefully lifted out by crane, an archaeological salvage operation got under way which will continue until the spring.
Some of the first photographs of the ornate carvings saved by archaeological experts are shown here:
Image copyrightNational TrustImage captionThe saloon had an enormous fireplace and a frieze around the top of its walls – the room was used for weddings
Image copyrightNational TrustImage captionPlaster fragments such as this theatrical face have been found
Image copyrightPeter Macdiarmid/Getty ImagesImage captionAfter the fire, pieces of antique furniture that survived were stored and catalogued
Image copyrightNational TrustImage captionA frieze ran around the top of the saloon walls
Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage captionClandon Park House was reduced to a shell in April
Image copyrightNational TrustImage captionTreasures were carefully lifted out of the rubble
Image copyright National TrustImage caption Clandon Park was known for its 18th Century furniture, porcelain and textiles – including this gilt armchair