Octagonal Table
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Octagonal Table

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These two octagonal tables were designed expressly for the Prince's Chamber by A.W. Pugin, and made by John Webb of Bond Street, who was both an antique dealer and high-class cabinet maker. Pugin had a particular fondness for octagonal tables, of which he designed several during his life, always making new variations. Those in the Prince's Chamber are among his most successful.

The supporting frame work consists of decorated braces in an ogee shape, which is inspired by the exposed construction of timber-framing buildings of the Middle Ages. Using architectural forms for the supporting frame work of tables was a particular innovation of Pugin's as can also be seen in his design for the clerks desk in the chamber of the House of Lords

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