Celebrity Homes: Prince Charles Renovated Historic Scottish Home – Prince Charles (known as the Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland) stands at the entrance to the Tapestry Room of Dumfries House, which was preserved for posterity through his efforts.
Designed by the brothers Adam and furnished by cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, Dumfries House is considered the most gloriously intact 18th-century house in Scotland.
The ceiling in the entrance hall features ornate plaster ornamentation; a mahogany-and-brass grand orrey is situated between Doric columns. The floors are stone. A painting by Jacob de Heusch is displayed in the entrance hall, and the trio of hall chairs is from a set of eight by Alexander Peter. The frieze alternates Order of the Thistle stars with the mythical wyvern, a Crichton family crest. The chinoiserie mirrors in the Blue Drawing Room are by William Mathie, and the gilt-wood pier tables are the work of George Mercer.
Upholstered in a custom-woven silk damask and positioned on a mid-18th-century Axminster carpet, the mahogany chairs and settee in the Blue Drawing Room were supplied by Chippendale in 1759; he also created the rare rosewood breakfront bookcase. The Murano-glass chandelier is original to Dumfries House, and the portraits are on loan from a private collector.
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