Hip-joint armchair (Dantesca type), Walnut, carved; embroidery, silk velvet, metal., Italian

Hip-joint armchair (Dantesca type)

15th or 16th century (textiles); 16th century (chair, partly)
Walnut, carved; embroidery, silk velvet, metal.
H. 94.5 cm, W. 71.5 cm, D. 56 cm.
Back: 33 x 69 cm.; Seat: 36 x 72 cm.
Woodwork-Furniture, Textiles-Velvets
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1974 ab
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 956
The Dantesca-type chair has curved arms ending in volute hand pieces with carved rosettes at the side; the curved supports on two base rails have accolade-shaped undersides. The front and the tops of the arms are decorated with three inlaid stripes of yellowish brown maple wood. The cushioned seat and the back are crafted of red silk cut velvet.(1)

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. 234-35.

1. See 1975.1.1973 with similar textiles.
[Elia Volpi, Palazzo Davanzati, Florence]; Volpi sale, American Art Association, New York, 21-28 November 1916, lot 378, ill. (to [Duveen Brothers, New York]). Acquired by Philip Lehman through Duveen from the Volpi sale.