Antique Chairs - Item 3301
2 Tuscan Style Armchairs
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||2 Renaissance Tuscan Armchairs
||Width 25, Height 51, Depth 19 (in inches)
These two matching Renaissance chairs are fine examples
of the 19th century revival in Europe of interest in designs from the Italian
Renaissance. The armchairs are a classic
Tuscan design seen in museums and villas throughout the region, such as the one-time
home of eminent art historian Bernard Berenson, I
Tatti, outside Florence. Having developed
from a shorter, less decorative model in medieval times,
this high-backed design with a broad seat lent authority
and elegance to the homes of prosperous Tuscan merchants
where chairs with arms, like thrones, were usually
reserved for the head of household and the most important
guests while everyone else sat in armless versions.
Elegantly simple of design, with basic perpendiculars for the
legs, backs and arms, these chairs are remarkably comfortable.
The only decorative elements are found in the
stylized acanthus leaves of the fineal and the elements
of a rustic fleur-de-lys peeking out around the
central oval of the front horizontal stretcher. Although
the fleur-de-lys is most often associated with
France, it was also the symbol of the city of Florence,
to which these chairs most likely pay homage.
Outside of Tuscany, this style of chair was also popular in
Lombardy at the end of the 16th century and throughout
Southern France, especially the Languedoc region. Although
usually covered in leather and studded, this matching
pair of chairs has been covered in muslin so that
the buyer can select the ideal upholstery.
Collection Armand Trampitsch (Catalog for Sale at Auction on May 18,
1992 at the Hôtel Drouot, Paris; Ader-Tajan,
Collection Bruno Perrier Haute Epoque (Catalog for Sale at Auction on
April 6, 1992 at the Hotel Drouot, Paris); Burckhardt,
Monica, Mobilier Moyen-Age, Renaissance (Editions Ch. Massin, Paris,
Undated); Fioratti, Helen Costantino, Il Mobile Italiano dall'antichita allo
stile Impero (Giunti, Florence, 2004)
chairs are ideal for an entryway, an office, a living room, or any location
where authority and elegance are desired.