Gothic Armchair

Newly arrived at M. Markley Antiques is this French gothic armchair with medieval heraldry.

“[It] displays a wealth of stylistic elements of earlier times, including Gothic, Renaissance and Louis XIII.  In its overall structure, it resembles the armchairs with high backs and stretchers fashioned from elaborate turnings which became all the rage in Paris around 1650, shortly after the death of Louis XIII.  But the persistence of Renaissance style is evidenced by the graceful, curving acanthus leaf pattern at the end of the arms.  The wooden pediment atop the back owes its inspiration to earlier, Gothic style, or what the French call Henri II,  borrowed from high-backed ceremonial chairs of the Middle Ages resembling thrones and reserved for seating important personages.  Made of solid oak, the chair has been covered in a fabric with designs from medieval manuscripts and traditional symbols such as the fleur-de-lys.”

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Published in: on February 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

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