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Renaissance Revival Savonarola Chair

X-frame walnut chair ornately inlaid throughout with mother of pearl detail and bone, that is engraved and highlighted with lac. Shaped, crested backrest with decoration of arabesque form incorporating putti, birds, mythical faces and acanthus leaves. At the centre, within a roundel, is the ‘giglio’ - lily - the emblem of Florence. Swept x-frame base standing on sledge feet supports the seat, inlaid with roundel incorporating diamonds and flower motif. Arm supports inlaid with mythical faces and foliate decoration terminating with turned finials.
Italian, Florence, circa 1850 - 1880
Height 37.5” (95cm) Width 28.5” (72cm) Depth 21” (53cm)
Stock No. 1539

The term Savonarola Chair or ‘sedia a Savonarola’ derives from a chair in the Museo Nazionale di San Marco, Florence, that is traditionally believed to have belonged to the moralistic Dominican friar who eventually led Florence in the 1490’s and who brought about the downfall of the house of Medici in 1494. His chair is a late 15th/early 16th century adaptation of the Roman ‘curule’ seat, used in ancient Rome as a symbol of political or military power and subsequently used as a throne-like chair by kings and rulers alike. In the early 19th century, Napoleon 1 adopted many of the symbols and styles of the Roman Empire as a way of outwardly legitimising his power. One of these was the curule stool which he ordered for his various palaces. The Florentine ‘giglio’ was established as the emblem of the city in 1520. This type of chair was originally intended to fold.

Price: £3,450.00




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Renaissance Revival Savonarola Chair

X-frame walnut chair ornately inlaid throughout with mother of pearl detail and bone, that is engraved and highlighted with lac. Shaped, crested backrest with decoration of arabesque form incorporating putti, birds, mythical faces and acanthus leaves. At the centre, within a roundel, is the ‘giglio’ - lily - the emblem of Florence. Swept x-frame base standing on sledge feet supports the seat, inlaid with roundel incorporating diamonds and flower motif. Arm supports inlaid with mythical faces and foliate decoration terminating with turned finials.
Italian, Florence, circa 1850 - 1880
Height 37.5” (95cm) Width 28.5” (72cm) Depth 21” (53cm)
Stock No. 1539

The term Savonarola Chair or ‘sedia a Savonarola’ derives from a chair in the Museo Nazionale di San Marco, Florence, that is traditionally believed to have belonged to the moralistic Dominican friar who eventually led Florence in the 1490’s and who brought about the downfall of the house of Medici in 1494. His chair is a late 15th/early 16th century adaptation of the Roman ‘curule’ seat, used in ancient Rome as a symbol of political or military power and subsequently used as a throne-like chair by kings and rulers alike. In the early 19th century, Napoleon 1 adopted many of the symbols and styles of the Roman Empire as a way of outwardly legitimising his power. One of these was the curule stool which he ordered for his various palaces. The Florentine ‘giglio’ was established as the emblem of the city in 1520. This type of chair was originally intended to fold.

Price: £3,450.00

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