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From Dunfermline Palace, Fife

Postcard of Armchair of carved oak.
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Armchair of carved oak

This carved oak armchair is from Dunfermline Palace in Fife. It dates from the late 17th or early 18th century.

The chair has spiral uprights with early rococo decorative twirls. The ornamentation includes a crown motif - introduced to celebrate the Restoration - and an 'S' embellishment, known as the Flemish scroll.

In the 16th century, the abbey guest house at Dunfermline was converted into a Royal Palace. At the time, new ideas about comfort were beginning to affect the interiors of houses, which had previously been relatively plain and sparsely furnished.

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Online ID: 000-100-080-558-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1915.17
Date: Late 17th or early 18th cent
Late 17th or early 18th century
Material: Wood
Dimensions: 1230 mm H x 630 mm L x 620 mm W
What: Armchair
Subject: Furniture
Scotland, Fife, Dunfermline Palace
Description: Oak arm-chair with spiral uprights, crowns and scrolls carved on rails and bars, and velvet-covered seat: Scottish, late 17th or early 18th century; from Dunfermline Palace
  • 'Private Catalogue of Armour, Weapons and Other Objects of Antiquity in the Collection of Sir Noel Paton'. Edinburgh, 1879 
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