Dumfries House

Project: Dumfries House
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland

Historical Background

Dumfries House is one of Britain's most beautiful stately homes. Set in 2,000 acres of land, the stunning estate and 18-Century Palladian house was saved by the intervention of His Royal Highness, The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay in 2007. Dumfries House combines the neoclassical architecture of Robert Adam with the furniture of Thomas Chippendale and leading 18th-Century Scottish cabinet makers.

The Project

This wonderful set of four tapestries depicting subjects from Greek mythology were made during the 1700s from cartoons exclusive to the workshops of Leyniers-Reyndams in Brussels. The tapestries were designed by the well-known artists of the day, Jan Van Orley (1665-1735) and Augustin Coppens (1668-1740). Legend states that the tapestries came into the family through Lord Stair, who held the position of Ambassador to Paris and was presented with them by Louis XIV.

The tapestries hang in the beautiful panelled Tapestry Room at Dumfries House, which was designed Robert Weir Schultz. When the Dumfries House Trust was arranging the conservation and cleaning of the set, Zardi & Zardi was commissioned to produce four full-size reproductions to hang in their place, to allow visitors to the house to continue to delight in their presence.

Following the project, Zardi & Zardi negotiated a licensing agreement with the Trust and added the 'Triumph of the Gods' series of tapestry designs to the Portfolio. We have since developed various colourways from the original designs, inlcuding Antique, Indigo and Neutral, and we have made digital alterations for subsequent projects such as for the set of the television series Black Sails.