Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Scottish treasure in green and gold

I discovered Newhailes, a Scottish national treasure, in the October issue of The World of Interiors. Built in the late 17th century, it still boasts the original decorative painting. After it was turned over to the National Trust of Scotland, it was decided to "restore" as little of it as possible, preserving its lived-in and loved interiors.  

This "pineapple" cascade of shelves used to hold small porcelain pieces. Check out the gilded plasterwork moldings! Such attention to detail.

This large painted panel is actually removable and hides an alcove of shelves. Just beautiful. And a lovely chair with its original needlework.

A trompe l'oeil bust sits on its pedestal that is filled with a glass panel painted with fish scales.

The oval marble sculpture portrays the holy family's rest on their flight to Egypt.

I really like this particular shade of green used throughout, and the gilded accents are a perfect complementary touch.

All photos by Ricardo Labougle.


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