Victorian Carved Oak Armorial Pieces from Taymouth Castle

Victorian Carved Oak Armorial Pieces from Taymouth Castle

We were delighted to offer a set of three carved oak hall chairs (Lot 292) and a set of four carved oak hall stools (Lot 291) from Taymouth Castle, Perth and Kinross, bearing the armorial for Campbell, Earl of Breadalbane and Holland in our February Five Centuries auction in Edinburgh. 

 

Taymouth Castle near Kenmore, Perth and Kinross was built during the early 19th century and stands on the site of Balloch Castle, built in 1552. Encompassing 450 acres, the land and castle were the property of the Campbells of Breadalbane until 1922. When they built Taymouth, no expense was spared and the interiors were bedecked in the finest Gothic style carvings, plasterwork and murals. Important craftsmen, architects and designers of the time were employed, including James Gillespie Graham and A. W. Pugin, plasterwork designer Francis Bernasconi and painter Cornelius Dixon.

 

Taymouth Castle Chair
LOT 292 | SET OF THREE SCOTTISH VICTORIAN CARVED OAK HALL CHAIRS, EX TAYMOUTH CASTLE, PERTH AND KINROSS | MID 19TH CENTURY
the gadrooned shield backs carved with armorials for Campbell, Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, above C scroll supports and shell motifs, over tapered seats with scroll carved seat rails with further gadrooning, raised on lotus carved and reeded tapered legs (Qty: 3)
47cm wide, 93cm high, 41cm deep | Sold for £3,750*

 

When Taymouth Castle was sold in 1922, a large auction of the contents was offered by Dowell’s of Edinburgh in a six day sale (24-29 April 1922) on the premises. The sale catalogue of the time lists lots 2173 and 2180 as oak hall seats/chairs carved with coats of arms (see illustration online), which most likely describe the current lots.

The armorial bearings as carved on the stools and chairs are those of Campbell, Earl of Breadalbane and Holland. Given the evidence of the arms and the accompanying coronet of rank, together with the 1922 sale listing, they were possibly commissioned by John Campbell (1762-1834), the 4th Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, or his son, John Campbell, 2nd Marquess of Breadalbane and Holland, and the 5th Earl of that style.

 

Taymouth Castle Stool
LOT 291 | SET OF FOUR SCOTTISH VICTORIAN CARVED OAK ARMORIAL HALL STOOLS, EX TAYMOUTH CASTLE, PERTH AND KINROSS | MID 19TH CENTURY
the channel moulded tops with scroll ends above shaped seat rails centred by carved armorials for Campbell, Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, and acanthus scrolls, raised on lotus carved reeded tapered legs (Qty: 4)
71cm wide, 43cm high, 41cm deep | Sold for £15,000*

 

We are delighted to offer a set of three carved oak hall chairs (Lot 292) as well as a set of four carved oak hall stools (Lot 291) from Taymouth Castle bearing the armorial for Campbell, Earl of Breadalbane and Holland in our forthcoming Five Centuries auction on Wednesday 5 February taking place in Edinburgh. 

 

View Lots 291 & 292 online ⇒

 


AUCTION INFORMATION

 

Five Centuries: Furniture, Paintings & Works of Art
Wednesday 05 February 2020 | Edinburgh

 

* All sold prices include buyers premium.

 

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