Architectural Digest, Prince Charles and Dumfries House

We were delighted to see this article in Architectural Digest which profiles the restoration of the historic Palladian villa Dumfries House under the Patronage of Prince Charles.

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Located in Ayrshire, Scotland, the house was designed by the master architect Robert Adam and contains 50 examples of furniture by Thomas Chippendale. In the words of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the furnishings exemplify ‘British Craftsmanship at its best.”

Dumfries House

Our own ‘Dumfries Bookcase’ is a hand crafted homage to the ‘star’ in the Dumfries House Collection.

A figured mahogany and finely gilt library bookcase in the Chinoiserie taste, the finely acanthus and floral basket carved pierced and gilt cornice above unusual astragal glazed doors, the base with three frieze drawers above four subtly parquetry inlaid cabinet doors each enclosing an adjustable shelf, on a plinth base.

This piece beautifully sums up Thomas Chippendale’s early career in stylistic terms. Described in Chippendale’s invoice for £47.5s as “a Rosewood Bookcase wt. Rich carv’d and gilt ornam’ts on the top & doors a Writing drawer in the underpart & a Cloaths press & drawers at each End” it indicates the everyday practicality of the piece. This was something not only beautiful to behold, but something that was designed and built for utility as well.

Tickets to visit Dumfries House can be booked online via this link or take a virtual tour here.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Blue Drawing Room

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