20 Oct 2020
October 12, 2020 - Filed under: Auctions — Mark

A pair of dining-style chairs used during the investiture of the Prince of Wales and owned by Lord Snowdon were recently sold at auction.

Antony Armstrong-Jones was married to Princess Margaret in 1960 and received the title of Lord Snowdon in recognition of his Welsh ancestry. He was a photographer and designer, and was asked by the Queen to design the set at Caernarfon Castle for the investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales.

In partnership with designers Carl Toms and John Pound, he designed 4,600 investiture chairs for the ceremony guests. They were made with beechwood, which was stained vermillion, and plywood. The chairs were upholstered in Welsh tweed with a gold embossed Prince of Wales motif. After the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to purchase the chairs for £12 each. Lord Snowdon purchased six, two of which were recently sold.

The chairs were in immaculate condition, and as they had belonged to their co-designer, they were expected to fetch at least £1,900, which an above-average pair of the chairs had sold for in July 2020. However, after fierce bidding, the £12 chairs went for £35,000, a record price for a pair of investiture chairs. Due to the chairs being bought at action, the buyer also paid a 25% buyer’s premium.

It is unlikely that you will find a pair of Prince of Wales investiture chairs at Lancashire antique dealers, but you can purchase fine sets of antique dining chairs , and for a lot less than £35,000.

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