Prelate’s Chair

French


Prelate’s Chair, n.d.

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Walnut

Dimensions: 74 1/2 × 28 × 17 1/4 in. (189.2 × 71.1 × 43.8 cm)

Gift of Viola E. Bray, 2005.136

A prelate’s chair (also known as a hall chair or throne stall) was often used for someone of high rank in the church, such as a bishop, but the same style of chair was also used by laypeople. Probably made under the reign of Francis I (r. 1515 – 1547), this chair has the old-fashioned Gothic boxlike form, but embraces the new Renaissance style, with its carved ornament of rinceaux (foliage), flattened columns with stylized Greek capitals, and arms terminating in scrolls. The hinged seat could also be used for storage.

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