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Side chair

Edward Welby Pugin (British, London 1834–1875 London)
Stained oak, ebony, brass
Overall: 31 5/16 × 19 5/16 × 15 3/4 in. (79.5 × 49.1 × 40 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1993
Accession Number:
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 ]
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