Prince Charles Rescues Dumfries House
Architectural Digest this month showcased Dumfries, Scotland’s greatest country house which Prince Charles rescued and brought back to life. The 18th-century Palladian villa in Ayrshire, Scotland is the work of renowned architect Robert Adam and his brothers, John and James. It has a treasure trove of Rococo furniture, including some 50 examples from Thomas Chippendale. Thanks to Prince Charles leadership – one of his foundations pledged a $40 million loan along with $50 million raised from other sources – Dumfries was acquired by a specially created trust and saved, not just for the British, but for anyone who cares about great architecture and decoration.
Prince Charles assembled an illustrious group of advisers to participate in the rebirth which included two of England’s preeminent interior designers, David Mlinaric and Baron Piers von Westenholz.
The Hall frieze alternates Order of the Thistle stars with the mythical wyvern, a Crichton family crest.
His Royal Highness wished to present Dumfries not as a museum with ropes or stands, but for visitors to feel like guests. I love the way the painting is framed within a beautiful ornamented panel design.
Interesting overmantle design.
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