A late 16th/early 17th century carved oak panel for Stirling of Keir
Lot 455*
A late 16th/early 17th century carved oak panel for Stirling of Keir
Sold for £3,750 (US$ 6,239) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Scottish Sale
Edinburgh
16 Apr 2014 11:00 BST

Auction 21870
Lot Details
A late 16th/early 17th century carved oak panel for Stirling of Keir
The panel exhibiting the coat of arms, motto and crest of Stirling of Keir; the shield charged with three buckles on a broad oblique band, raised by wildmen supporters below a carved helm and moor's/Saracen's head surmounted by scrolling foliage and below scrolling bands with the family motto 'Gange Fordart' (Gang Forward) centered by the entwined initials 'S.A.S.', all carved in high relief, with paper label to the reverse reading:
'Carved panel with the Stirling arms, crest and supporters and initials S.A.S. given to me by Mr Cook Stirling. The panel was said to come from Herbertshire Castle. I suspect it may in fact have come from Ochiltree Castle, which was added to by Archibald Stirling of Keir, 1588-1630 – The date 1610 and initials S.A.S occur in the additions. Keir, Dec 27 1922, A.S.', 36.5cm wide, 51.5cm high, (14in wide, 20in high)

Footnotes

  • The panel likely relates to Archibald Stirling of Keir and Cawdor (died 1630), who was head of the family Stirling of Keir and knighted by James VI between 1587 and 1592.

    The note to the reverse of the panel was likely written by a much later Archibald Stirling (1867-1931) who was the youngest son of Sir William Stirling and inherited Keir House in 1878.

    Evidence suggests he was correct in thinking the panel came from Ochiltree Castle in West Lothian. The castle was in the Stirling Family for many years, it was originally built in the early 16th century with modifications made in the early 17th century including the ashlar porch surmounted with two finialed pediments monogrammed 'SAS' and 'DGS' for Sir Archibald Stirling of Keir and his wife Dame Grizel Stirling.

    Herbertshire Castle (formerly known as Dunipace) near Falkirk was built around 1407 and demolished in 1950. The castle also has strong connections with the Stirling Family; it was bought by them in 1632 and remained in their possession until 1768.

    Provenance: Sold in Christie's house sale 'The Property of Archibald Stirling of Keir' on 22 May 1995, lot 198.
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