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Detail of carved angel corbel in dining room, Cairndhu House, Helensburgh.

SC 701206

Description Detail of carved angel corbel in dining room, Cairndhu House, Helensburgh.

Date 3/1965

Collection Scottish National Buildings Record

Catalogue Number SC 701206

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of DB 37

Scope and Content Detail of corbel in dining room, Cairndhu, Rhu Road Lower, Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute Cairndhu, a two-storeyed asymmetrical villa, was built in 1871 to designs by architect William Leiper (1839-1916). The architect also completed extensions to the service wing in 1902. The interior was decorated by artist Daniel Cottier (1838-91), and includes Japanese-style painted ceilings and fine stained glass panels. It was converted to a hotel in 1956, and a residential home in 1984. This shows a corbel (supporting bracket) in the dining room of the house. It appears to be sculpted in plaster, and depicts two angels in flowing robes. One holds a lute, while the other holds a scroll and appears to be singing. Together they represent music and song. The ceiling above them is coffered (has sunken ornamental panels). The other three corbels in this room show pairs of female figures representing angels, fertility and fruitfulness, and youth and age. As this house was built for John Ure, a flour miller, merchant and Lord Provost of Glasgow, depictions of sowing and reaping in the corbels almost certainly reflect his milling interests. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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