Magnificent & rare 19th century Victorian era Italian Renaissance style hand carved walnut 45" hall or parlor chair, amazingly detailed with two exquisite winged cherub figures, ornate reticulated acanthus & scrolls, Pan or mascaron front legs, an armorial style crest top center and wonderful visual & decorative appeal! Mostly likely French or Italian but it does also have Black Forest appeal, too! We've had some larger furniture pieces in the past, one or two beautiful old Black Forest furniture pieces and here's one to rival all! AND, it's one of two near matching chairs that we're adding this week! I've had them both here in my living room for months trying to decide if I wanted them here so I could enjoy them all of the time, in our Utah house or if I'd offer them for sale. Alas, space is getting limited as it so often does so we decided to go ahead and offer both and just enjoy them in the meantime (though I'm sure not for long as is so often the case with these pieces I truly fall in love with). As impressive as can be, both in the large size and amazing extent & detail of the carved decoration! Just one panel has been left untouched (rear leg panel). Somewhat hard to decide which I like best, the Pan or mascaron figure at the front 'legs' panel or that gorgeous back with those exquisite winged cherub or putti figures morphing from acanthus scrolls! Note how the right side cherub has a happy look and the left side figure with a sad or beckoning expression. The seat itself also completely covered in carved decoration, all as amazing as can be! Entirely carved in solid old growth walnut we think, beautiful aged patina and magnificent visual appeal all around! Definitely continental, definitely delectable, a museum quality piece! AND, don't forget, this is ONE of TWO so be sure to take a look at the other. We've shown them together in the last image, only slightly different but close enough for a pair of stunning hall or parlor chairs!
Very good to excellent condition! A small chip or two. The most notable flaw is that the seat panel has an age or drying split down the left side (likely where the original boards were joined). It's been reinforced with wood glue so should pose no problem. Also, the carved scroll that would have been just above the armorial style oval medallion at the top center is missing. Overall, one of the most impressive pieces in this style that I've seen, the other mentioned above :), and guaranteed to be one you show all the guests!! The seat back can come out easily, good for shipping :), and can later be reattached on arrival. See pictures for all measurements.
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