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Bookcase associated with Threave Castle, Kirkcudbrightshire

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Bookcase associated with Threave Castle, Kirkcudbrightshire
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This bookcase is said to have been made from a late 16th- or early 17th-century carved oak bedstead. The bedstead was originally in Threave Castle in Kirkcudbrightshire and was used for the bookcase by early 19th-century antiquary Joseph Train.

The book case is in three parts. The carvings, particularly of soldiers, dancers and musicians, are naïve but illustrate cultural life in Scotland.

The carvings on the panels are apparently by someone working in the south west of Scotland about 1600. Other work with similar figures, such as a door at Terregles and another from Amisfield, is attributed to the same man.

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