Antique Chairs - Item 3110
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||2 Renaissance Chairs
||Width 19, Height 41½, Depth 17 (in inches)
two 19th century chairs faithfully evoke their Renaissance ancestry of
intricate carving in the two horizontal rails making up the back and the single
rail between the front legs. In this
style, also known as Henri II, there is a rich interplay of carved vegetation
and scrollwork, around a central oval or cabochon, bringing out the beauty of
the old-growth walnut. The overall
structure is perpendicular and rectilinear, including columns with diagonal
fluting borrowed from the vocabulary of architectural design.
On our recent visit to the Doge's Palace in Venice we saw
numerous similar chairs, reminding us of the Italian
influences on France when Catherine De' Medici married
the future King Henri II and brought her Italian craftsmen
with her to France. In keeping with Renaissance tastes, the back
of the chair is high, intended to lend greater authority to the person sitting
in it. But unlike their
16th century predecessors, a
set of which was sold at auction in Paris in the fall of 2003, these chairs are
upholstered for added comfort and recently redone in a red and beige patterned
fabric similar to that used in the Renaissance for the detached cushions used
to make contemporary chairs more comfortable.
These chairs are sturdy and stable.
Francis, Le Grand Livre des Meubles (Copyright Studio, Paris, 1999); Etude
Tajan, Haute Epoque (Catalogue for Sale at Auction on September 24, 2003 at the
Hôtel Drouot, Paris)
chairs would work well in an intimate dining room or kitchen, or in a library
or study with a desk or library table.
They would also be ideal for an entryway or hallway on either side of a
chest or console table.