Maze Gates: Dumfries House, Ayrshire
Saved for the nation by HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, by a combination of his own investment and the effects of his influence, Dumfries House, near Cumnock in Ayrshire, is one of the most beautiful stately homes in the UK.
The interior of the house is particularly notable for the fine collection of furniture but it is the grounds of the estate where Lost Art have made their contribution.
Inspired by his childhood visits to Sandringham, Prince Charles was instrumental in the design and introduction of an intricate maze within the grounds of the house. Containing obelisks, a Japanese pagoda, approximately 2,000 trees and over half a mile of paths – such a stunning and intricate creation requires entrances to match.
In addition to being the inspiration behind the project, Prince Charles has maintained a hands-on interest in aspects of the works as they have progressed. This has extended to an involvement in the design of the gates, in which the themes of the maze have been incorporated as part of the decorative elements.
Lost Art were commissioned by the main contractor, Land Engineering, to turn His Highnesses vision into a reality and so the gates have been produced in cast iron with decoration augmented by gilding with 24 carat gold leaf. Installed on site by our operatives, they provide a suitable entrance to a feature that has already been visited by thousands, all of whom having safely emerged following a long walk without travelling any great distance!
Lost Art were delighted to be commissioned to produce and install a set of wrought and cast-iron gates, specifically designed to complement the setting in which they were placed. The intricate design within the gates, highlighted in gold, are based on the fabulous maze that lies beyond them. All inspired by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, who has been both the vision and driving force behind the whole scheme.