N187

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A statuary white marble chimneypiece designed by William Playfair, the moulded serpentine shaped shelf with crescented angled returns. Above a moulded and serpentine shaped frieze in both directions – on plan and as the top of the opening. The rounded and canted corbelled jambs with acanthus carved foliage to the corbels and bell flowers rising from a lotus bud to the plinth block.

Provenance

Christie's house sale, Floors Castle, 17th September 1990, lot number 153:

This chimneypiece designed by Playfair along with its pair and ‘The Roxburgh Night’ chimneypiece were commissioned by Sir Henry Robert Innes Ker, 6th Duke of Roxburghe (1816–1879) for his great drawing room which the architect William Playfair (1790–1857) had added to Floors Castle in the 1840's.

The chimneypiece can be clearly seen beneath a large pier glass in an engraving from ‘Historic Houses of the United Kingdom’ (1891).

Height 45 1/4 in (114.9cm) width 71 1/2 in (181.5cm)
Internal height 36 in (91.5cm) width 39 1/4 in (99.5cm)
Footblock to footblock 66 1/8 in (168cm)
Depth 18 1/2 in (47cm)