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Chair

Chair

  • Date:

    1864 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pugin, Edward Welby, born 1834 - died 1875 (designed)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oak, chamfered, with seat cover of velvet, and brass nails

  • Museum number:

    W.1-1991

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This chair is identical to a set of chairs designed by Edward Welby Pugin for the Grange, his family home, in Ramsgate in about 1864. The Grange was designed and built 1843-4 by his father, the architect, A.W.N. Pugin, who also designed the original furniture. After A.W.N.Pugin's death in 1852 the house was let until 1864 when the Pugin family returned.

E.W. Pugin inherited his father's architectural practice and followed the same principles when designing furniture. This chair shows A.W.N. Pugin's preference for revealed construction in the pegs holding the legs and stretchers together. His influence is also seen in the use of chamfers or shallow grooves running along the edge of the legs and back. E.W. Pugin combined his father's ideas with new details such as the broad back support in a quite different chair in the Gothic style. This design influenced commercial furniture firms such as C.& R. Light of London who advertised a very similar chair in their catalogue of 1880.

Date

1864 (made)

Artist/maker

Pugin, Edward Welby, born 1834 - died 1875 (designed)

Materials and Techniques

Oak, chamfered, with seat cover of velvet, and brass nails

Dimensions

Height: 85 cm, Width: 50.5 cm, Depth: 50 cm

Object history note

This chair is identical to those designed by Edward Welby Pugin for the Grange in Ramsgate in about 1864. After A.W.N. Pugin's death in 1852 the Pugin family left the Grange which was let with much of the original furniture designed by him. When the family returned in 1864 Edward Welby designed and had made furniture for the house, including chairs of this design, four of which remained in the Pugin family until the early 1970s.

Another example of the chair, with a leather seat cover, is now in the Auckland War Memorial Museum (Museum Number 1991.67.F174)

Labels and date

CHAIR
ENGLISH; 1864
Designed by Edward Welby Pugin (1834-1875)
Maker unknown
Oak

This chair is identical to those designed by E.W. Pugin for his family house the Grange at Ramsgate when the Pugin family moved back in after it had been let from 1852-1864 following the death of A.W.N. Pugin. Here, Pugin whilst following all the constructional principles advocated by his father takes these a stage further and designs a wholly original Reformed Gothic chair. []

Materials

Oak; Silk velvet; Brass

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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