Pair Of Carved Armchairs

Italian


Pair of Carved Armchairs, n.d.

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Walnut with blue velvet, gold silk appliqué, and gold-tasseled fringe

Dimensions: 42 × 22 1/2 × 17 in. (106.7 × 57.2 × 43.2 cm)

Gift of Viola E. Bray, 2005.138.1

A chair in an Italian Renaissance home was more than just a place to sit: it displayed the family’s wealth, status, and cultural refinement. Chairs were often symbolic, with the largest and grandest being reserved for the most important person in the household – usually the father or an honored guest. Materials, as well as carved ornament, were very important in the construction of such an object.

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