Edward Welby Pugin (British, 18371875)
Stained oak, ebony, and brass; 31 5/16 x 19 15/16 x 15 3/4 in. (79.5 x 49.1 x 40 cm)
Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1993 (1993.134)
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.