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At Home With : Prince Charles, Ayrshire, Scotland

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At Home With : Prince Charles, Ayrshire, Scotland
At Home With : Prince Charles, Ayrshire, Scotland

AND WHILE ON THE TOPIC of the beautiful work of photographer, Derry Moore, serendipitously came across this elegant and impossibly chic manor in Scotland.  It is actually the historic Dumfries House, a Palladian country house in Ayrshire, and Prince Charles’ Scottish home . . .

At Home With : Prince Charles, Ayrshire, Scotland

Above, a charming south-facing sitting room with Christopher Moore printed linen based on an 18th-century document; the gilt-wood pier glass was made by Mathie in 1759, and the walls are painted with Farrow & Ball’s Vert de Terre.

At Home With : Prince Charles, Ayrshire, Scotland
At Home With : Prince Charles, Ayrshire, Scotland

Above, The Blue Drawing Room, with its custom-woven silk damask and mid-18th-century Axminster carpet; the mahogany chairs and settee were supplied by Thomas Chippendale in 1759.  Chippendale also created the rare rosewood breakfront bookcase; the Murano-glass chandelier is original to the house, and the chinoiserie mirror is by William Mathie, hanging above a gilt-wood pier table by George Mercer.  The portraits are on loan from a private collector.

At Home With : Prince Charles, Ayrshire, Scotland


“Above, a team of 20 artisans restored the Thomas Chippendale four-post bed in the Family Bedroom at Dumfries House, the Scottish home that Prince Charles renovated; brilliant blue silk damask covers even the canopy’s cresting. Above the fireplace is a gilt-wood overmantel, also by Chippendale; Alexander Peter designed the bedside cupboards as well as the chair and stool, which retain their 18th-century floral tapestry covers.”


At Home With : Prince Charles, Ayrshire, Scotland

At Home With : Prince Charles, Ayrshire, Scotland
Above, originally a dressing room, Alexander Peter armchairs and a 1759 Thomas Chippendale library table are among the furnishings placed in Lord Dumfries’s Study.

At Home With : Prince Charles, Ayrshire, Scotland
Above, the painting is by Venetian artist Jacopo Bassano, and the curtains are ornamented with antique tassels and trim.

At Home With : Prince Charles, Ayrshire, Scotland

Above, gilded portraits fill the walls of a skylit gallery, where cockpen chairs (perhaps by Thomas Chippendale) as well as Louis XVI–style gilt-wood armchairs by R. Whytock & Co. sit on traditional rush matting scattered with rugs.

At Home With : Prince Charles, Ayrshire, Scotland


“Designed by the brothers Adam, furnished by cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, and preserved for posterity through the efforts of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Dumfries House is considered the most gloriously intact 18th-century house in Scotland.”


At Home With : Prince Charles, Ayrshire, Scotland
Above, a gilt-wood four-post bed hung with a Jean Monro chintz.

At Home With : Prince Charles, Ayrshire, Scotland

Above, the entrance hall, in which hangs a painting by Jacob de Heusch; the hall chairs are from a set of eight by Alexander Peter. The frieze alternates Order of the Thistle stars with the mythical wyvern from the family crest of a former owner.

 

[all photography by derry moore for architectural digest]

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