Pair of Side Chairs in the manner of A.W.N. Pugin
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Probably manufactured by John Gregory Crace
English, circa 1850's
Carved & stained oak with cane-work seats; each carved with quatrefoils, stylised flowerheads & holly leaves. With old printed Fortuny squab seats.
The decorative design on this pair of chairs bears close similarities to three designs sent in a letter (V&A archive) to Crace in November 1849, though the overall construction is not noted in Pugin’s archives of this period. The V&A collection holds a quantity of drawings for designs in this same Medievalist manner, each unidentified but all for the attention of Crace. It is suggested (AWN Pugin, Master of Gothic Revival) that “i t was from drawings such as this one that Crace was able to create a range of Pugin-style furniture, even long after Pugin’s death...”
Similarities can be drawn with furnishings designed by Pugin for Tyntesfield, Eastnor Castle, Gawthorpe Hall and the Palace of Westminster; these included cabinetmaking by both JG Crace and Gillows.
H 83cm x W 45cm x D 42cm
H 32¾" x W 17¾" x D 16¾"
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