Set of six armchairs

Unknownabout 1620–1630

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

In the 1600s this chair, known as a sillon de fraileroor friar's chair because of its austere shape, was one of the most common types of chair throughout Europe. This pair, from a set of six, displays several distinctive features, such as the way that the legs splay outwards and widen as they reach the floor, creating a sense of stability. The inventive and elegant geometric inlay patterns of colorful and exotic hardwoods are also unusual. The six chairs once formed part of a larger suite of seating furniture, which was probably used around a dining table or in a grand salon.


  • Title: Set of six armchairs
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1620–1630
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 100 × 62 × 51.7 cm (39 3/8 × 24 7/16 × 20 3/8 in.)
  • Type: Furniture
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Mahogany with inlaid oak, spindle tree, and lignum vitae
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 95.DA.22
  • Culture: Central Italian
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Decorative Art (Art Genre)

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