A rare pair of Renaissance armchairs, known as caquetoire chairs, Loire region/France, 2nd half of the 16th century
Works of Art, Antiquities | A80kua | Live auction | 852 Lots
Hammer price € 24,000Show related lots
The straight walnut body appears almost modern, with severe geometric lines, finely carved in places. Standing on small bun feet, the trapezoidal cross beam attached to partially turned legs. The straight frame with a slightly projecting, likewise trapezoidal seat. From which, small Doric pillars extending out to support the armrests. These expertly carved with naturalistically modelled rams' heads and engraved in places. The extended oval chair back with fine Renaissance décor in relief. Finished with a slightly protruding, grooved, decorative border. Dimensions 119.5 x 64 x 54 cm.
The Louvre in Paris has very similar model variants under inventory number OA 1320, for example. See also the old black-and-white photographs of a fauteuil in the Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, under inv. no. C 403 856.
Provenance: An English Manor House in the 1960s.
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