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Chair with courtly scene on backrest

Anonymous from the Venetian areasecond half of the 15th century - ca. 1880

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
Milano, Italy

The chair, which it is possible to disassemble by drawing out the (probably modern) pegs, bears a resemblance to the so-called "Petrarch's chair" in Arqua, as well as to an example in the Civic Museum of Turin. The upper back slat is carved in flat relief with a courtly scene flanking a fountain, to be understood as The Fountain of Life, or of Youth. The object is missing the second lower back slat (the slit can be seen in the side supports), but other than that the upper half of the chair is probably authentically antique, while the lack of significant wear and tear on the feet indicate that the legs probably were redone in the 19th century. Probably purchased by the brothers Fausto and Giuseppe at the end of the 19th century, the chair is still displayed--as are all other objects in the museum--in its original place, thus contributing to the authentic "time capsule" ambiance.

Details

  • Title: Chair with courtly scene on backrest
  • Date: second half of the 15th century - ca. 1880
  • Location: Venetian area, Italy
  • furniture maker: Anonymous from the Venetian area
  • Physical Dimensions: w90 x h110 x d65 cm
  • Bibliography: Simone Chiarugi, "n. 81. Sedia"
  • Provenance: The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum owns all rights to text and images. Unauthorized use is strictly prohibited. For all other uses of the images, please contact the museum, thank you.
  • Type: chair
  • Rights: The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum owns all rights to text, images and videos. Unauthorized use is strictly prohibited. For all other uses, please contact the Museum, thank you.

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