Our latest projects at Russborough, Co. Wicklow include the refurbishment of Lady Beit’s Boudoir, the redecoration of the Drawing Room and restoration of the East and West gateways.
Lady Beit Boudoir
This room off the drawing room on the principal floor was used by Lady Beit, as a Boudoir. It is the only panelled interior at this level in the House.
Following extensive restoration of the wall panelling and paintwork, the furnishings were conserved and re-upholstered. The chimney piece is by Bossi. The original satinwood bureau was re-positioned next to the chimney piece after an illustration in Irish Houses and Castles by Desmond Guinness.
The portrait over the mantelpiece is of Lady Beit by the Argentinian Surrealist Painter Leonove Fini. Opposite is a portrait of Sir Alfred as a boy by Gerard Festus Kelly.
These works were carried out from September 2014 and completed in April 2015.
East and West Gateways
This fine pair of Baroque Gateways located each side of the Main House Façade mark the entry points to the Stable Yard at the West end and the Kitchen at the East. They comprise of a giant rusticated arch below a symmetrical pediment in granite ashlar and capped with a cupola containing a bell. They are unusual in Irish Architecture.
The roof timbers were consolidated and roofs re-slated. The timber cupolas were re-fashioned using existing details.
The restoration took place in Spring/Summer 2015.