Set of Six Italian Neoclassical Klismos Medusa Head Side Chairs, circa 1810-1820

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Set of six Italian (Lucca region) neoclassical carved klismos side chairs, circa 1810-1820. The splat of each chair features a stylized carved giltwood head of Medusa, each with slight variations of expression.

The Medusa has been immortalized in many works of art since antiquity. In 1801 the Italian neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova created the large marble sculpture Perseus with the Head of Medusa which is now in Museo Pio Clementino. This work may have inspired other Italian artists of the early 19th century to include the Medusa in their own creations.

All were recently re-upholstered with black and gold fabric reminiscent of woven horse hair which might have been the original cushion covering material.
Details
Of the Period
Neoclassical
Place of Origin
Italy
Date of Manufacture
circa 1810-1820
Period
1810-1819
Materials and Techniques
Carved   Wood
Gilt
Condition
Excellent
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use
Dimensions
33 in. H x 19 in. W x 20.5 in. D
84 cm H x 48 cm W x 52 cm D
Seat Height
19 in. (48 cm)
Dealer Location
Kensington, MD
Number of Items
6
Reference Number
1503119776154
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1stdibs seller since 2013
Located in Kensington, MD