It is the father of all collections and well done to all involved in saving it for the nation. The state bed was designed by thomas chippendale for dumfries house in scotland. Prince charles reveals he risked wrath of art collectors by. On entering the blue drawing room room, take in the vibrant blue of the damask silk chippendale elbow chairs, the fine art depicting the members of the house, painted by sir henry raeburn and the intricate designs of one of the first ever produced axminster carpets. Perhaps the most important piece of furniture within the house, the rosewood bookcase is an iconic piece of chippendale furniture. Born in yorkshire, chippendale went on to make furniture for some of the most powerful and influential people of his day including the 5th earl of dumfries, who handpicked items from chippendale s london workshop to furnish dumfries house.
The bookcase is the most complex piece in the houses collection and was designed for additional use as a clothes press and writing bureau. Rosewood bookcase by thomas chippendale thomas chippendale. Chippendale added this design to the 1762 edition of his book the gentleman and cabinetmakers director. Apr 11, 2017 prince charles renovated this incredible historic scottish home.
Dumfries house was a honey trap, built to attract a fertile new wife for a widowed earl in need of an heir. Nov 09, 2011 thomas chippendale country house commissions 17571779 violin bookcase made for the earl of pembroke 1763, wilton house. Prince charles the royal restoration full documentary. He became a cabinetmaker in london, designing furniture in the midgeorgian, english rococo, and neoclassical styles. Each bookcase has an ornate swan neck pediment with egg and dart molding above dentil molding, with two astr. Mahogany chippendale antique bookcases for sale ebay. Noted for being one of the few such houses with much of its original 18thcentury furniture still present, including specially commissioned thomas chippendale pieces. The most valuable item is a george ii partiallygilded, classical bookcase made from rosewood, padouk and sabicu wood, which cost just over. You have to book to visit the house, but if you have not got the time a visit to the gardens and especially the walled garden are well worth the visit.
On the opposite wall stands a chippendale style mahogany bookcase not made by chippendale himself which contains a collection of mauchline ware that has been donated to the trust. Prince charles talks about the horrors of taking on the restoration of dumfries house. Adamdesigned and chippendale furnished, it remained untouched for 250 years, so the story goes, before being kissed by a. Designed by the brothers adam and furnished by cabinetmaker thomas chippendale, dumfries house is considered the most gloriously intact 18thcentury house in scotland. William dalrymple, the 5th earl of dumfries, commissioned the adam family to design the house in the 1750s, filling it with luxurious furnishings and beautiful works of. Dumfries house has been portrayed as an 18thcentury sleeping beauty. Situated in the heart of an east ayrshire country estate, dumfries house is a unique time capsule of the scottish enlightenment. Dumfries house restoration in pictures telegraph, a bold axminster carpet covers the floor of the completed blue drawing room, which is also home to a suite of chippendale chairs and sofas, and a chippendale bookcase valued at million dumfries house restaurierung in bildern architectural design.
On top of the bookcase sits a bust of apollo, attributed as being the bacchus acquired in london by the 5th earl in 1756. The four poster bed centrepiece by thomas chippendale exudes luxury, and was by far the most expensive piece commissioned by the 5th earl of dumfries. Dumfries house is shown from the south in cumnock, scotland, between 1890 and 1900 in this united states library of congress photochrom print collection image. Thomas chippendale 17181779 was born in otley in the west riding of yorkshire, england in june 1718. The thin red wash appeared on a number of pieces of mahogany furniture at dumfries house, ayrshire, which were attributed to the dumfries house cabinetmaker possibly thomas chippendale included in the dumfries house christies sale catalogue, 12 july 2007, among them lots 106, 236, 251 and 252. Apr 04, 2018 in this year of tercentenary celebrations, the great houses for which chippendale made furniture including dumfries house, burton constable and harewood have joined together with other organisations such as the chippendale society, leeds city museum and the national trust to create a programme of events celebrating his life, work and. It is said to contain around ten per cent of the entire surviving chippendale. A team of 20 artisans restored the fourposter chippendale bed in dumfries house. William crichton dalrymple, the 5th earl of dumfries, inherited family estates near cumnock in 1742. Dumfries house is a palladian country house in ayrshire, scotland. This iconic chippendale rosewood bookcase in the collection at dumfries house is a prime example of chippendales genius.
Ethan allen cherry georgian court chippendale book shelf display bookcase a. May 27, 2011 dumfries house has been portrayed as an 18thcentury sleeping beauty. When i first saw the piece, i was struck by how practical the design was. For sale is a fine quality matching pair of chippendale revival bookcase. An chippendale bed from prince charles million dumfries house, which is now open to the public thus far, michael fawcett has been a mere adviser to the dumfries house project, but now he has been dramatically promoted to project director. Having written very recently on the late eighteenthcentury inventory of harewood house, yorkshire, i thought this might be a useful adage to the thomas chippendale pool of knowledge. Dumfries house was built by the 5th earl of dumfries in 1754. It is located within a large estate, around two miles 3 km west of cumnock. Its the houses most complex piece, explains curator emeritus charlotte rostek, both technically and in terms of materials used and the various skills applied. Noted for being one of the few such houses with much of its original 18thcentury furniture still present, including specially commissioned thomas chippendale pieces, the house and estate is now owned by the princes foundation, a charity which. Appreciating chippendale furniture at dumfries house. The 5th earl of dumfries bought it for the house in 1759.
The mahogany chairs and settee in the blue drawing room at dumfries house in scotland were supplied by chippendale in 1759. Jan, 2018 dumfries house holds one of the most important chippendale collections in the uk and the year begins in a most fitting way with this careful cleaning of the celebrated rosewood bookcase made for. Chippendale tours at dumfries house 14th of may, 2018 this year marks the tercentenary year of thomas chippendale s birth. Get the best deals on mahogany chippendale antique bookcases when you shop. Prince charles renovated this incredible historic scottish. The third issue will be available from the dumfries house shop and also online from early july.
Dumfries house heres a sneak peek of the third issue of. Peter copping makes a longanticipated visit to dumfries house. How thomas chippendale forever changed the furniture. Including the most important collection of thomas chippendale furniture ever offered at auction dumfries house to be held at christies, 8 king street, st. Dumfries house set in 2,000 acres, this stunning estate and 18thcentury house with its unrivalled collection of chippendale furniture has something for everyone. Apr 11, 2017 prince charles renovated this incredible historic scottish home dumfries house, scotlands most dazzling country house, reopened its doors in 2012 after a rejuvenation spearheaded by his royal. Jamess, london sw1y 6qt thursday, 12 july 2007 friday, july 2007 london christies announce that they will offer at auction the contents of dumfries house on 12 and. It is not generally realized that chippendale s popular. Jan 07, 2016 prince charles talks about the horrors of taking on the restoration of dumfries house.
Chippendale rosewood bookcase it is hard to pick out a single piece of furniture as the most impressive from all the fine art on view at dumfries house, but if you must choose, then this exquisite example of work by chippendale must take pride of place. Dumfries house has just been saved for the nation in a lastminute. Dumfries house new cumnock 2020 all you need to know. It is hard to pick out a single piece of furniture as the most impressive from all the fine art on view at dumfries house, but if you must choose, then this exquisite example of work by chippendale must take pride of place. Adamdesigned and chippendale furnished, it remained untouched for 250 years, so the story goes, before being kissed by a prince and startled into trembling new life. Prince charles reveals he risked wrath of art collectors. The pedestal desk is of a pattern associated with the library table supplied to william crichtondalrymple, 5th earl of dumfries 16991768, for dumfries house, ayrshire, by thomas chippendale.
Prince charles has helped to revive the gardens and house and a good job has been. The one of a kind rosewood bookcase, by chippendale, which now sits in the blue drawing room, was also bought specifically for this bedroom. Dumfries house dumfries house, new cumnock traveller. Dumfries house was the subject of the most dramatic rescue of a british country house in living memory. Above the fireplace is a giltwood overmantel, also by chippendale. Thomas chippendale 17181779 was britains most famous and influential furniture maker. Despite the name, this beautiful bookcase is, in fact, made from padauk, not rosewood. Read about the opening of the tamar manoukian new cumnock outdoor pool, the history behind the famous chippendale bookcase and meet the housekeeping team who keep the estate in tip top condition. Dumfries house restoration in pictures georgian interiors. Feb 18, 2020 whenever i visit dumfries house i think of it as visiting a family, a family of furniture which should never be separated. The only fully documented chippendale furniture dating from the director period is to be found at dumfries house in ayrshire, scotland and this collection unquestionably forms the outstanding monument to his early rococo phase. The rosewood bookcase sits in this room and provides a perfect balance.428 482 539 1110 1154 268 649 642 87 956 1592 82 217 290 987 7 904 1579 404 1591 855 563 17 289 522 840 1367 79 1307 1353 800 455 355 282 1379 204