A low chair in birch with pine seat and stretcher, one of several made by Samuel Clark, a shepherd of Assynt West Sutherland, for his own home. On loan from the Highland Folk Museum Kingussie to the exhibition at Lyon and Turnbull.

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Anyone interested in the subject who would like a pre-publication taster of the content should visit the exhibition currently showing in the upper gallery of Lyon and Turnbull's saleroom in Broughton Place, Edinburgh where over 70 of the pieces featured in the book are on display until September 24.

The exhibition has been curated by Dr Cotton, who has borrowed pieces from the National Trust for Scotland, the National Museums for Scotland, the Highland Folk Museum and various private owners.

The display is augmented by enlarged illustrations from the book of some of the fascinating archival images and museum recreations of the interiors of those Scottish crofts and farms where so many of these pieces were found. In a field where provenance and locality is key to the importance of attribution, these enliven, inform and contextualise the display.

Dr Cotton will also be there to discuss the show with visitors between September 17 and 23. Further details from Lyon and Turnbull on 0131 557 8844.

Scottish Vernacular Furniture, available from Thames & Hudson in late September, will be reviewed in a future issue.