The Marble Fireplace. Originally installed at the 3rd Earl of Bute’s Bedfordshire home, Luton Hoo, and salvaged when that house burnt down in 1843, it was then installed in a second house which also burnt down and was salvaged for a second time.

Some damage from the fires is visible today on the mantelshelf but the fireplace now sits proudly at the south end of the Tapestry Room. It is thought to have been one of five sourced for the 3rd Earl of Bute by the renowned Scottish art dealer James Byre (1733-1817). On the mantelshelf sits a garniture of five Chinese ‘famille rose’ vases, dating from the Qianlong period (1736-95).