A painted and parcel gilt pole screen, English, circa 1780. The rectangular needlework panel worked with floral bouquets and butterflies within a gilt frame. The pole, with turned finial, continuing to stop fluted carved lower column and a circular moulded base with acanthus carving and beaded decoration. The silk panel in poor condition, torn with some losses. It is thought that the suite of seating furniture,pedestal table and pole screen were made to go into the state bedroom when the newly built North Range of the house was completed in the 1780's. The room, and the Peter the Great Room next door ,has largely remained the same for over 230 years. The majority of the furniture, including the pole screen was certainly included in an inventory of the State Bedroom in 1793.
Part of the Lothian Collection. The hall and contents were bequeathed to the National Trust by Philip, 11th Marquess of Lothian (1882-1940).