Lot 449: EARLY VICTORIAN MAHOGANY GOTHIC REVIVAL LIBRARY BOOKCASE CIRCA 1840 183cm wide, 259cm high, 43cm deep
January 25, 2017
Edinburgh, United KingdomLive Auction
EARLY VICTORIAN MAHOGANY GOTHIC REVIVAL LIBRARY BOOKCASE
the castellated cornice centred by a carved crest, above three arched glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves, flanked and divided by pilasters; the lower section with three doors with carved linenfold panels, on a shaped plinth base
183cm wide, 259cm high, 43cm deep
Note: The cornice of this bookcase is carved with an earl''s coronet and the crest of a boar''s head erased for Campbell, so is evidently for an Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, the title created on 13th August 1681.
The form of this bookcase has stylistic similarities to bookcases designed by Robert Smirke (1780-1867) for the library at Kinfauns Castle, Perthshire although at the time the seat of the Breadalbanes was at Taymouth Castle, Perthshire. The 4th Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, created Marquess of Breadalbane in 1831, was succeeded by the 2nd Marquess in 1834. He completed the improvements from 1838, by the remodelling of William Adam''s west wing, which was enlarged and refaced to match the main block. This time the architect was James Gillespie Graham, with interiors designed by A. W. N. Pugin. These works were complete by 1842, in time for the first visit to Scotland of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, when they stayed at Taymouth for three days.