BENJAMIN DISRAELI is well known for his liking for the
flamboyant (with the exception, perhaps, of primroses, of which he
was fond); so, when he donated a chair to St Mary and All Saints,
in Beaconsfield, Oxford diocese, it was bound to
be over the top. It is thought that he gave it to mark his
elevation to the peerage as the first Earl of Beaconsfield in 1879,
only a couple of years before his death.
Through the years its gilding and leather ...
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