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    Sale 5745

    The Country House Sale: Pomfret House and Tetworth Hall

    5 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 189

    A PAIR OF VICTORIAN OAK STOOLS

    AFTER A DESIGN BY A.W.N. PUGIN, MID-19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF VICTORIAN OAK STOOLS
    After a design by A.W.N. Pugin, mid-19th century
    Each with a crimson cut-velvet brass-nailed seat, above a flower-head roundel frieze and oak leaf apron, on chamfered X-shaped legs joined by a spirally-turned stretcher and Tudor rose bosses
    19 in. (48 cm.) high; 18 in. (46 cm.) wide; 17¼ in. (44 cm.) deep (2)


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    These rose-flowered 'tabouret' stools, of chamfer-edged oak and mediaeval X-shaped form, are designed in the antiquarian 'New Palace of Westminster' style invented by the architect A.W.N. Pugin (d.1852). Pugin's book Gothic Furniture in the Style of the 15th Century, 1835, popularised the mediaeval fashion and firms such as John C. Crace & Son of Wigmore Street also produced Gothic furniture in large quantities. In 1849 Pugin sent Crace a 'plain' chair pattern, with related 'chamfered' frame together with a letter stressing 'it is very important to have some simple chairs for the domestic market' (M. Aldrich et al., A.W.N. Pugin, London, 1995, no. 108).

    A similar pair of stools was sold, Christie's, London, 23 November 2006, lot 184.

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