Vintage furniture

Looking for some design inspiration for your home? From 18th century splendour to modern, minimalist chic, our furniture collection at National Museums Scotland could spark some ideas!
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Settle of green-stained ashwood  designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and made by J. & W. Guthrie, Glasgow, 1895. Lead panel possibly by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. Exhibited with the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, 1896, and later given to John Macdonald of Dunglass Castle, Bowling, Dunbartonshire. Linen panels replaced with copies around 1990.

Settle designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and made by J. Guthrie, Glasgow, Lead panel possibly by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. Exhibited with the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, 1896

Corner settle of white painted wood, from Dunglass Castle, Dunbartonshire, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow, 1900, made by Lyndsay Taylor of Glasgow, 1988.

Corner settle of white painted wood, from Dunglass Castle, Dunbartonshire, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow, 1900, made by Lyndsay Taylor of Glasgow, 1988.

Dark-stained oak armchair with panelled sides, pierced with a flying bird motif, and a drop-in seat of woven rush covered with chequered horsehair. From the Argyle Street Tearooms, Glasgow, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1898. Made at the workshop of Francis Smith, Glasgow, 1898-99. Probably used in the ground floor rooms.

Dark-stained oak armchair with panelled sides, pierced with a flying bird motif, and a drop-in seat of woven rush covered with chequered horsehair. From the Argyle Street Tearooms, Glasgow, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1898. Made at the workshop of Francis Smith, Glasgow, 1898-99. Probably used in the ground floor rooms.

Cabinet, oak carcass, lower section with pictorial marquetry doors inlaid with mother-of-pearl and with metal mounts, upper section with glazed door and silk interior lining: French, Nancy, by Louis Majorelle, 1898.

Cabinet, oak carcass, lower section with pictorial marquetry doors inlaid with mother-of-pearl and with metal mounts, upper section with glazed door and silk interior lining: French, Nancy, by Louis Majorelle, 1898.

Giltwood armchair upholstered in red damask with cabriole legs, hairy paw feet and decorated seat rails, made for Sir Lawrence Dundas: English, London, designed by Robert Adam, made by the workshop of Thomas Chippendale, 1765.

Giltwood armchair upholstered in red damask with cabriole legs, hairy paw feet and decorated seat rails, made for Sir Lawrence Dundas: English, London, designed by Robert Adam, made by the workshop of Thomas Chippendale, 1765.

Sideboard from the Allegro dining suite, designed by Basil Spence for H. Morris & Co, Glasgow, 1949.

Sideboard from the Allegro dining suite, designed by Basil Spence for H. Morris & Co, Glasgow,

Wardrobe of aluminium, chipboard and plastic, designed by P.B. Cow and Company Ltd, made by Hunting Aviation Ltd, Peblig Mills, Llanberis, Wales, c. 1946.

Wardrobe of aluminium, chipboard and plastic, designed by P.B. Cow and Company Ltd, made by Hunting Aviation Ltd, Peblig Mills, Llanberis, Wales, c. 1946.

Chair of mahogany, with incised, gilded decoration of geometric and stylised botanical forms in the Aesthetic Egyptian Revival style. Re-upholstered in blue velvet in 2014. Designed by Christopher Dresser, Manufactured by Chubb & Sons or Thomas Knight and retailed by The Art Furnisher's Alliance. British, c. 1880.

Chair of mahogany, with incised, gilded decoration of geometric and stylised botanical forms in the Aesthetic Egyptian Revival style. Re-upholstered in blue velvet in 2014. Designed by Christopher Dresser, Manufactured by Chubb & Sons or Thomas Knight and retailed by The Art Furnisher's Alliance. British, c. 1880.

Chair from an Allegro dining suite, designed by Basil Spence for H. Morris & Co, Glasgow, 1949.

Chair from an Allegro dining suite, designed by Basil Spence for H. Morris & Co, Glasgow,

Allegro dining suite, designed by Basil Spence for H. Morris & Co, Glasgow, 1949.

Allegro dining suite, designed by Basil Spence for H. Morris & Co, Glasgow,

Painted cupboard, in the style of a Welsh or Monmouthshire cupboard, made using reclaimed timber from an 18th century chest and other sources, with a single hinged door and one interior shelf, latch and knob are metal detectorist finds: Scottish, Dalkeith, Millerhill, by Roland Fraser, 2009 - 2010.

Painted cupboard, in the style of a Welsh or Monmouthshire cupboard, made using reclaimed timber from an 18th century chest and other sources, with a single hinged door and one interior shelf, latch and knob are metal detectorist finds: Scottish, Dalkeith, Millerhill, by Roland Fraser, 2009 - 2010.

Tall cupboard square in plan, doors on two of four sides, each door opens on a cupboard with two shelves, upper has glass panels in lattice design and red cotton curtain, lower has wooden door, from Fala Dam.

Tall cupboard square in plan, doors on two of four sides, each door opens on a cupboard with two shelves, upper has glass panels in lattice design and red cotton curtain, lower has wooden door, from Fala Dam.

Rectangular wooden utility cupboard painted pale blue and cream, in four sections with several doors and drawers, including two glass doors and a fold-down work surface, the interior fitted with six metal spice jars, by Hygena, England, 1940s.

Rectangular wooden utility cupboard painted pale blue and cream, in four sections with several doors and drawers, including two glass doors and a fold-down work surface, the interior fitted with six metal spice jars, by Hygena, England, 1940s.

Dressing table of stained and painted wood, wall-mounted with a full-length mirror to the left: German, Dessau, designed by Marcel Breuer, 1925.

Dressing table of stained and painted wood, wall-mounted with a full-length mirror to the left: German, Dessau, designed by Marcel Breuer,

Cabinet of pearwood with arcaded lower portion, upper portion recessed in centre between pairs of flanking columns, with cupboard underneath, and cupboard door panels each carved with the figure of a woman: French, 19th century.

Cabinet of pearwood with arcaded lower portion, upper portion recessed in centre between pairs of flanking columns, with cupboard underneath, and cupboard door panels each carved with the figure of a woman: French, century.

Ebony cabinet with inlaid panels, incised ivory figures of Venus and Hebe, with a figure of Diana within the cabinet, containing ten drawers, decorated with hunting scenes: Italian, probably Naples, 1575-1625.

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