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Bench

  • Place of origin:

    Salisbury (made)

  • Date:

    1996-1997 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Allen, Paul (designer)
    Rural Development Commission (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought iron; steel with repoussé work, embossing and chasing

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers

  • Museum number:

    M.23-1998

  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114d, case EXP

This bench was commissioned from the Rural Development Commission and designed by the then forgework advisor, Paul Allen. It was made over several months during the course of 1996/7 by a team of blacksmithing apprentices, many of whom have signed the piece. The work counted towards their final certificate.

The bench was designed to display a variety of forgeworking techniques, both constructive and decorative, such as the double heel tenon joints which form the end frames and the fire-welded flower motifs. The mild steel seat is decorated with repousse (embossed) and chased ornament including the arms of the London Ironmongers' Company, including two standing salamanders, animals reputedly able to withstand fire untouched.

Physical description

Wrought iron bench embossed with the arms of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers on the back. The end panels and back incorporate repousse technique.

Place of Origin

Salisbury (made)

Date

1996-1997 (made)

Artist/maker

Allen, Paul (designer)
Rural Development Commission (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wrought iron; steel with repoussé work, embossing and chasing

Marks and inscriptions

'R.D.C. APPRENTICES 1997. ASSHER DURE'
"ASSHER DURE" means hard steel, and is the motto of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers of London.

Dimensions

Length: 162.5 cm, Height: 90 cm, Depth: 64 cm

Descriptive line

Bench, wrought iron, designed by Paul Allen, made by the apprentices at the Rural Development Commission, Salisbury, 1996/97.

Materials

Wrought iron; Steel

Techniques

Repoussé; Embossing; Chasing

Subjects depicted

Coats of arms

Categories

Metalwork; Furniture

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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