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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "The Earlshall Settle by Sir Robert Lorimer"
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The top rail with turned finials above a sunken field entered by an inlaid date 1893 flanked by birds and the initials RWRM and JRSM, the triple panel back with feather inlay and rosewood banding centred by a roundel with two birds in a branch, the flanking panels inlaid with a heart, above a solid seat flanked by downward scrolling arms, the panel front inlaid with a landscape with ivory geese, coromandel trees and burr oak deer, on scroll feet.
Earlshall just outside Leuchars, Fifewas Lorimer's first commission as an independent architect. RWR Mackenzie was a bleach merchant from Perth and was a friend of the Lorimer family who lived in the nearby Kellie Castle. Like Lorimer he was a great advocate of the Arts and Crafts movement and commissioned him to renovate the ruined tower house and design the furniture.
The settle dates from 1893 making it one of the earliest pieces of surviving Lorimer furniture.
Castle and contents sold to Sir Michael Nairn 1926
Castle and contents gifted to his daughter Rachel on her marriage to Major Arthur Purvis
Rachel Purvis died 1981
Sold Christies house sale Earlshall, lot 382 14 September 1983
Bought private collector Fife.
Sold Phillips Edinburgh, lot 751 26 August 2000
Bought London trade
Sold Private collector February 2001
Annette Carruthers 'The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland' illustrates a very similar settle made for his sister now in the Los Angeles County Museum p183 pl174
|Height||160.00 cm||(62.99 inches)|
|Width||139.00 cm||(54.72 inches)|
|Depth||59.00 cm||(23.23 inches)|