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Design

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1998 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Allen, Paul (designer)
    Rural Development Commission

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil drawing on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Paul Allen

  • Museum number:

    E.808-2014

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 503, case LD, shelf 1

This design relates to a bench in the V&A’s collection (M.23-1998). The bench was commissioned from the Rural Development Commission and designed by their then forgework advisor, Paul Allen. It was made over several months during 1998 by a team of blacksmithing apprentices, many of whom signed the piece.

The bench was designed to display a variety of forgeworking techniques, both constructive and decorative, such as the double heeled tenon joints which form the end frames and the fire-welded flower motifs. The mild steel seat is decorated with repoussé and chased ornament features the arms of the Ironmongers’ Company, including two salamanders, animals reputedly able to withstand fire unscathed.

This drawing, one of four designs, depicts the final design for the bench end, featuring tenon joints and flower motifs.

Together with the other three designs relating to this project (E.809-2014, E.810-2014 and E.807-2014), these drawings show the design process for an object in the V&A’s collection and demonstrate the continuation of hand-drawn design.

Physical description

Design drawing for a bench end, pencil on paper. Design depicts tenon joinery and flower motifs. The artist's initials 'PCA' are visible on the shaded flower motif on the left of the design. The drawing is signed 'P.C Allen 1998' in the bottom right hand corner alongside the makers mark, a stamp in pink ink with the artist's initials 'P A' positioned either side of a sword.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1998 (made)

Artist/maker

Allen, Paul (designer)
Rural Development Commission

Materials and Techniques

Pencil drawing on paper

Marks and inscriptions

PCA
P.C Allen, 1998
Artist's initials 'PCA' incorporated into the design. The drawing is also signed and dated on the bottom right hand corner with 'P.C Allen, 1998' alongside the makers mark; a pink ink stamp with the artist's initials 'PA' on either side of a sword.

Dimensions

Width: 69.7 cm, Height: 100 cm

Object history note

This design relates to a bench in the V&A’s collection (M.23-1998). The bench was commissioned from the Rural Development Commission and designed by their then forgework advisor, Paul Allen. It was made over several months during 1998 by a team of blacksmithing apprentices, many of whom signed the piece.

Descriptive line

Design for an iron bench end, by Paul Allen, pencil on paper, Britain, 1998

Materials

Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Bench

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Metalwork; Furniture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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