Cast Iron Camel-ended Bench

Shutter with wrought-iron hinges and decorative work

William Burges


Wrought iron

Lord Bute's Sitting Room, Cardiff Castle


This pair of shutters, one above the other, have silvered and foliated hinges that match the projecting hinges on the door of the room, and are typical of Burges's more ornamental metalwork designs (contrast the shutters on the castle's outer walls). Burges had a particular interest in metalwork, "designing for Lord Bute an amazing range of silver plates, vessels and cutlery, rich in ornamental detail, which were produced by the most skilled silversmiths of the day" (Crowley 85).

Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee

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