18c Savonarola Dantesca Throne Chair Lion Head
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18th century English mahogany hand adorned Savonarola armchair with high relief lion head hand rests, scalp incised arms, an elaborately hand carved crest rail with a scallop shell at the top and bottom ornate scroll work and acanthus leaf adorned centered with a carved side portrait (possibly of the wealthy patron who commissioned the chair to be made). The chair has the typical Savonarola x-form folding body with detailed lion feet. This is one of the most detailed and tasteful chairs that we have offered and would make an envious addition to any fine household or collection.
SIZE: 38 1/2" Height x 26" Width x 22" Depth.
The basic forms of most Italian chairs from the Renaissance and onward are directly in line with chairs from other European countries, however an exception is made for the magnificent and unique Italian Savonarola chairs of the 17th century specific to Italy. The Savonarola chair was named after the charismatic Dominican monk, Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498) who once ruled Florence Italy. Savonarola chairs were originally made for only the wealthy nobility of Italy and later England w its X-like principle allowed it to be folded and moved to the next public event/show.
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