Quotation by Sarah Fielding

Substantial pieces of goods [were] very offensive to her Ladyship's sight. They, for their clumsiness, were discarded, and in their room were placed China images and all manner of Chinese figures: some that stood still and some that, by pulling a string, might be put into such insignificant shakings and motions as made the heads of the beholders giddy.... And thus was this noble ancient castle, which in its old form struck the imagination both with dignity and simplicity, filled with such trifling gewgaws that it was dangerous to move, lest some of the clockwork trumpery should be thrown down and put out of joint.
Sarah Fielding (1710–1768), British novelist. The History of the Countess of Dellwyn, bk. 1, ch. 9 (1759).

The eighteenth-century fascination with orientalism and with "improvement" of estates.
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