Have a Dumfries House inspired Christmas

  • Published 19 August 2008

The Art Fund, the UK's leading independent art charity that helped save Dumfries House for the nation, has created a range of beautiful Christmas gifts inspired by furniture by Chippendale and his Scottish contemporaries that graces the fine interiors of this Georgian house in East Ayrshire and available exclusively from The Art Fund. All proceeds go towards the charity's vital work to secure important works of art for everyone to enjoy.

A copy of The Art Fund's Christmas catalogue is available to download here.

For hi-resolution images of items in the catalogue contact the press office on 020 7225 4888.

Julie Bell designed Christmas cards

The intricate debossed details in silver and gold inks of these beautifully elegant, handmade cards are inspired by the elaborate ceiling plasterwork in the Northern Dining Room of Dumfries House. Designed exclusively for The Art Fund, they are a stylish, striking and sophisticated way to send your own personal messages this festive season.

Set of 5, £7.95

Contemporary jewellery inspired by 17th century cabinet


This gorgeous handmade jewellery, designed by Jane Davis, is made from solid silver and is perfect for any event from Christmas parties to daywear. The three set pendant, bracelet and earrings are inspired by the 17th century Flemish cabinet inlaid with semi precious stones at Dumfries House.

Pendant – 220mm long, £65
Bracelet – 190mm long, £50
Earrings – 40mm long, £40

Handcrafted jewellery inspired by gilded scrolls


The striking design of these handcrafted, sterling silver broach and earrings with freshwater pearls is inspired by the gilded scrolls from the North Drawing Room at Dumfries House.

Brooch – 44mm x 42mm, £105
Earrings – 20mm x 20mm, £45

Velvet scarf inspired by 17th century cabinet


Wrap up in style on winter evenings with this plush velvet scarf, designed exclusively for The Art Fund and inspired by detail from the 17th century Flemish cabinet inlaid with semi precious stones in Dumfries House.

1630mm long, dry-clean only, £60

Invitations and thank you cards

Julie Bell Note card

For a touch of elegance that originates from the Palladian designs of Dumfries House look to Julie Bell’s luxury note cards on which to write your invitations, thank you letters, and general correspondence.

10 x A6 note cards, presented with envelopes in a navy wallet, with a hand-tied grosgrain ribbon, £15.00

The Art Fund helped save Dumfries House and its contents for the nation with a grant of £2.25million towards the £40million purchase price. The full collection of gifts is available to view at www.artfund.org/shop (available from 25th August).

All proceeds go towards The Art Fund’s vital work helping museums and galleries to buy important works of art that enrich our nation’s public collections. To order merchandise or Christmas cards please call 0871 271 2121 before 5th December to ensure that it arrives in time for Christmas. Goods should arrive within 14 working days of placing an order.

Notes to editors:
1. The Art Fund is the UK’s leading independent art charity. It offers grants to help UK museums and galleries enrich their collections; campaigns on behalf of museums and their visitors; and promotes the enjoyment of art.
2. It is entirely funded from public donations and has 80,000 members. Since 1903 the charity has helped museums and galleries all over the UK secure 860,000 works of art for their collections.
3. Recent achievements include: helping secure Anthony d’Offay’s collection, ARTIST ROOMS, for Tate and National Galleries of Scotland in February 2008 with a grant of £1million; putting together a unique funding package to ensure Dumfries House in Ayrshire and its contents were secured intact for the nation in July 2007; and running the ‘Buy a Brushstroke’ public appeal which raised over £550,000 to keep Turner’s Blue Rigi watercolour in the UK.
4. For more information contact the Press Office on 020 7225 4888 or visit www.artfund.org