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Italian Hand Carved 19th Century Walnut Savonarola Chair



Hand carved walnut Savonarola chair. The rich walnut with warm aged patination and original well carved for finish. The carving on this example is exception with the highly detailed back and ram's head on the arms. Developed in the late 15th century in Italy, the Savonarola chair was originally created to be foldable, and thus a more portable, version of the ancient Roman Curule chair. The Savonarola however had more angular legs and the addition of a low back and though the basic construction of the chair was simple, there are many variations in armrest, backrest, and feet, as well as the type of wood used. The wood ward was often covered with silk or velvet and the seat would have had a cushion. Typically the Savonarola chair had a wavy-shaped X, similar to the Dante chair, another X-shaped style of seating.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Width: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Depth: 23.5 in. (59.69 cm)Seat Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Style
    Renaissance (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1880
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Lambertville, NJ
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 10251stDibs: LU1308220200442

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    Ships From: Lambertville, NJ
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