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: Attributed to Thomas How (British, active 1710–33)Date: ca. 1724–36Medium: Walnut and walnut veneer, parcel-gilt, the seat rails of beech; gilded lead mounts on the knees and front rail; verre églomisé panel mounted on the splat; covered in contemporary tent stitch embroidery on canvas needlework not original to the chairAccession: 64.101.936, .937On view in:Not on view
Artist: Christopher Dresser (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1834–1904 Mulhouse)Date: ca. 1879Medium: Gilt and silver-plated brass; split bamboo; leather covered wood with velvet on the underside and glazed cotton liningsAccession: 2000.594.1a, b–.8On view in:Gallery 556
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