20 December 2000
An Italian parcel-gilt walnut armchair
Late 17th Century
The rectangular back and seat covered in red velvet, the back with a coat of arms, the uprights surmounted by acanthus, the panelled arms above baluster-shaped supports, on square legs, restorations, the upholstery worn
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