Glazed Screen by William Burges

In 1868 the Gothic Revival architect William Burges started work on the 46-metre tall clock tower for Cardiff Castle.


Details

Medium:
Glass & ebonised mahogany
Dimensions:
24.8 x 152 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £17,000)
Acquired in:
2012
Vendor:
H Blairman & Sons Ltd

The castle, home to the 3rd Marquess of Bute, was subjected to significant alteration and expansion during the second half of the 19th century, overseen by Burges until his death in 1881. The clock tower included a suite of bachelor rooms, including a two-storey summer smoking room. The summer smoking room has recently been restored and boasts one of the most important 19th-century interiors in Britain. Burges designed twenty pieces of furniture for the room, including this decorative glass fire screen. Cardiff Castle has now reacquired sixteen pieces at auction, after many were sold by the 5th Marquess of Bute in 1949.

Provenance

Commissioned by John, 3rd Marquess of Bute for the Summer Smoking Room, Cardiff Castle; at Cardiff Castle until 1948; purchased by Mrs Short at Stephenson and Alexander Auctioneers, 1949; purchased by Blairman & Sons at Christie's, 2011.

Venue details

Cardiff Castle Castle Street, CARDIFF Cardiff CF10 3RB 029 2087 8100 www.cardiffcastle.com/

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £12)

1 Mar – 31 Oct
9am – 6pm (last entry 5pm)

Nov – Feb
9am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Closed 25 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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