Pugin's 'trial chairs'
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Pugin's 'trial chairs'

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Although a preliminary design by Pugin exists for two types of chair for the robing room, only the canopy, throne and stool by E.M. Barry, were eventually made. Indeed, during the years when Dyce had exclusive use of the room, it wasn't possible for a furnishing scheme to be carried out.

These two gilded chair X-frame mahogany chairs, are undoubtedly designed by A.W. Pugin. They were purchased recently for the The Palace of Westminster, and as there are differences to the carved decoration on each chair it seems likely that they were intended as trial pieces for the sixteen oak chairs that were made for the princes' chamber.

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