0

Luke Honey | Decorative Antiques, Chess, Backgammon & Games

Prince of Wales Investiture Chair, 1969

Elizabeth II: A Prince of Wales Investiture Chair, 1969

design by the Rt Hon. the Earl of Snowdon, Carl Toms and John Pound, the back with indented Prince of Wales's feathers in gilt, the seat upholstered in red Welsh Tweed (interior foam replaced)

Width: 55cm 

Height: 78cm 

Depth: 53cm 

Stock Reference: JL 1940

Otherwise known as "The Red Chair", this chair was designed by Antony Armstrong-Jones (The Earl of Snowdon), the stage designer Carl Toms (1927-1999), and John Pound, principle design officer with the Supplies Division of the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works.

The chair was designed specifically for the four thousand guests invited to the Prince of Wales's Investiture at the Medieval Caernarfon Castle in July 1969. Millions of television viewers watched the twenty year old Prince receive his insignia from The Queen, conferring on him his new title as the twenty first Prince of Wales. Lord Snowdon, the Prince's uncle and Constable of the castle, was commissioned (along with Carl Toms and John Pound) to design the setting and furniture of the investiture. The resulting ceremony successfully reflected the supposed "antiquity" of the event, but with a simplified modernist twist- very much in tune with Sixties thinking: the investiture taking place under a huge Perspex canopy, a modern take on the hangings which might have been found, say, at a Medieval tournament.

For the Prince of Wales's Investiture, 4,600 chairs were made and sold for twelve pounds at the end of the day. Immediately after the ceremony, the chairs were dismantled and offered for sale. Invited guests had first refusal, with the remainder being sold to the public. Lord Snowdon bought six. The chair is made from Welsh beech, stained in vermillion, and consisting of a seat and back resting on a tiered stand. The Prince of Wales' feathers motto (Ich Dien) is indented in gilt (rather than painted) to the chair back, a successful attempt to reduce wear. The seat is padded with foam and upholstered with a simple red Welsh tweed. It was imperative that the chairs could withstand rain, and that no colour came off on the guests' clothes.

Condition

Dent to front right leg edge (touched up), but otherwise 'Very Good' to 'Excellent'.

The seat foam has been replaced to satisfy modern legal standards, but the original cloth has been retained. Again, cloth is in an 'excellent' condition.

Please get in touch if you require further photographs. 

A Note From Luke

Otherwise known as "The Red Chair", this chair was designed by Antony Armstrong-Jones (The Earl of Snowdon), the stage designer Carl Toms (1927-1999), and John Pound, principle design officer with the Supplies Division of the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works.

The chair was designed specifically for the four thousand guests invited to the Prince of Wales's Investiture at the Medieval Caernarfon Castle in July 1969. Millions of television viewers watched the twenty year old Prince receive his insignia from The Queen, conferring on him his new title as the twenty first Prince of Wales. Lord Snowdon, the Prince's uncle and Constable of the castle, was commissioned (along with Carl Toms and John Pound) to design the setting and furniture of the investiture. The resulting ceremony successfully reflected the supposed "antiquity" of the event, but with a simplified modernist twist- very much in tune with Sixties thinking: the investiture taking place under a huge Perspex canopy, a modern take on the hangings which might have been found, say, at a Medieval tournament.

For the Prince of Wales's Investiture, 4,600 chairs were made and sold for twelve pounds at the end of the day. Immediately after the ceremony, the chairs were dismantled and offered for sale. Invited guests had first refusal, with the remainder being sold to the public. Lord Snowdon bought six. The chair is made from Welsh beech, stained in vermillion, and consisting of a seat and back resting on a tiered stand. The Prince of Wales' feathers motto (Ich Dien) is indented in gilt (rather than painted) to the chair back, a successful attempt to reduce wear. The seat is padded with foam and upholstered with a simple red Welsh tweed. It was imperative that the chairs could withstand rain, and that no colour came off on the guests' clothes.

How We Ship

Within the Mainland UK: Free of Charge

Shipping by courier to Mainland UK destinations is free, and included within the price, so please feel free to push the "buy it now" button. 

International Shipping

If you live outside the United Kingdom, please contact me to arrange payment before purchase and I can give you a competitive shipping quote to your destination.

All items are sent fully insured. Please be aware that there may be customs duties and/or taxes to pay if you live outside the United Kingdom.

Returns

Under the distance selling regulations you have a right to return your order for any item purchased on a fixed priced sale for a full refund within fourteen days after receipt. However, you must take reasonable care of the item/s. You will be responsible for the shipping costs both to and from your address. Thank you.

All prices are inclusive of packing and delivery charges to Mainland UK destinations. Please allow approximately 7-10 working days for delivery.

For shipping to destinations outside the UK, please ask us for an individual shipping quote.

We aim to ship at competitive prices. Our shipper offers a 15% discount on their standard shipping prices on any item bought through this website. All items are shipped fully insured. You may find our Frequently Asked Questions page helpful.