Hip-joint armchair (Dantesca type)

15th or 16th century (textiles); 19th century (?) with earlier parts (chair)
Italian (?)
Walnut, carved; silk cut velvet, metal.
H. 91.6 cm, W. 71 cm, D. 58.5 cm; back: 35 x 76.5 cm, seat: 43 x 84 cm.
Woodwork-Furniture, Textiles-Velvets
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1977 ab
Not on view
This Dantesca-type chair has two stretched S-shaped curved arm supports and legs with a turned and carved rosette roundel applied to the intersection, surrounded by four small rosettes bulging out of the curved supports. The arms are carved in the back with acanthus decoration; carved rosettes adorn the sides of the hand pieces. The base rails are shaped on the underside and end in acanthus. The cushion-covered seat and the back are applied with pieced red silk cut velvet with knotted fringe. For the type of chair, see 1975.1.1970 a,b and 1975.1.1971 a,b. For the textiles, see 1975.1.1973 and 1975.1.1974 a,b.

Catalogue entry from: Wolfram Koeppe. The Robert Lehman Collection. Decorative Arts, Vol. XV. Wolfram Koeppe, et al. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Princeton University Press, 2012, pp. 236-37.
Robert Lehman, New York