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AN ITALIAN WALNUT X-FRAME 'DANTESCA' ARMCHAIR
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AN ITALIAN WALNUT X-FRAME 'DANTESCA' ARMCHAIR

LATE 16TH CENTURY/17TH CENTURY

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AN ITALIAN WALNUT X-FRAME 'DANTESCA' ARMCHAIR
LATE 16TH CENTURY/17TH CENTURY
The folding frame with scrolled supports centred by roundels, the back and cushioned seat covered in studded gold and crimson red velvet with tasseled fringe, with scrolled arms, raised on sledge paw feet, inscribed in red paint '1943-320'
38¼ in. (97 cm.) high; 27 in. (68.5 cm.) wide; 19¾ in. (50 cm.) deep

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Lot Essay

As J. Boccador explains that such 'sedie dantesche' - or 'sièges à tenailles' as their French counterparts are called - were first conceived in Tuscany and became fashionable in France under the reign of Henri II (r.1547-1559), specifically under the influence of Catherine de Médicis (see J. Boccador, le Mobilier Français du Moyen-Age à la Renaissance, Saint-Just-en-Chaussée, 1988, pp.148-9, fig.110, for two related examples).
A closely related 'dantesca' armchair is in Palazzo Davanzati, Florence (ill. H. & F. Schottmüller, Wohnungskultur und Möbel der Italienischen Renaissance, Stuttgart, 1921, p.176, fig.400), while a further related example is in the Bardini Collection, Florence (ill. W.M. Odom, A History of Italian Furniture, vol. I, New York, 1966, p. 37, fig. 35). Amongst related examples sold at auction, a pair was sold from the collection of the late Sir Stephen Courtauld, Sotheby's, London, 6 December 1974, lot 96, and another, Christie's, London, 4 November 2010, lot 82.

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