Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1993
Not on view
The obvious joinery of the side chair expresses the philosophy of truth to materials and construction that recall the teachings of Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. A follower of the Arts and Crafts movement, Pugin's son, Edward Welby Pugin, frequently borrowed designs and ideas that his father had produced decades earlier. The chair, with its curved klismos-type back deriving from Grecian prototypes and Gothic-style base, was designed and registered in 1870 for the Granville Hotel, Ramsgate, Kent, and manufactured by Pugin's own company.
Marking: Inscribed under seat: 1237
Marked on back side of uprights at seat level: lozenge-shaped registration mark for 1870.
[ Historical Design Inc. , New York, until 1993; sold to MMA ]
Artist: Stammer & Breul (active mid-19th century)Date: 1855Medium: Oak and pine veneered with rosewood, tulipwood, ebony and ebonized wood, and micromosaic decoration of various natural and stained woods; modern silk-velvet; coated brassAccession: 2008.452a, bOn view in:Gallery 554