Door of carved oak

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From Water Lane, Leith

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Door of carved oak

This carved oak door is from a house in Water Lane in Leith. The house was for a long time mistakenly believed to belong to Mary of Guise. The door, which was probably from a turret stair, dates from the mid 16th century.

The door has side panels and a cornice. Its panels combine Renaissance and Gothic features but with less fluid workmanship than found in pieces executed by Court craftsmen.

Mary of Guise (1515-1560) was the wife of James V and the mother of Mary Queen of Scots. She acted as Governor from 1554 but her pro-French policy resulted in rebellion by Protestant nobles in 1559.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-621-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KL 63
Date: Mid 16th century
Material: Wood, oak
Dimensions: 2200 mm H x 1440 mm W x 250 mm Th
What: Door
Subject: Carved woodwork, painted ceilings (NMAS Classification)
Who: C.K. Sharpe Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Leith, Water Lane, Mary of Guise's house
Description: Large carved oak door with side panels and a cornice, from Mary of Guise's house, Water Lane, Leith, mid 16th century, probably from a turret stair
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