Rare Pugin Table to Sell at Bonhams

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LONDON.- A rare walnut centre table attributed to A.W.N. Pugin, one of only a handful of pieces stamped with the distinguished furniture maker’s initials, is to be sold at Bonhams, New Bond Street as part of its Fine English Furniture and Works of Art sale on 16 June 2010. Coming to Bonhams from a private collection, there are only two other versions of this table in oak known – one in a private collection, and the other in the collection of the Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery. It has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £3,000 – 5,000. Having trained under his father, Augustus Charles Pugin, a French architect, Pugin went to work for furniture makers Morel & Seddon when he was fifteen, designing Gothic furniture for Windsor Castle. He was later employed by Sir Charles Barry to work on the new Parliament buildings in London, following the destruction by fire of the Palace of Westminster in 1834. Other projects for which