Pair of baroque chairs, Venice

Venice, mid-18th century


Pair of baroque chairs, in walnut, supported by wavy legs ending with feet derived from the “claw and ball” ones, they are carved with roses and rocaille motifs, also re-proposed in the lower shaped band, alternating with curled features in the center on the front there is a meticulously carved and perforated rocaille. The seat is padded (the lining was replaced later), while the raised back is open. Carved with rocaille motifs, perforated in the top that also acts as a grip, the backrest has two worked and intertwined uprights to describe an 8-point motif.

Dimensions: 102.5 x 48 x 42 cm


Historical-critical analysis:

The pair of armchairs belong to the refined Venetian production of the mid-18th century, in a fully Baroque style. Characteristic and widespread at the time in the lagoon city is in particular the 8 motif in the backrest. In fact, Clara Santini publishes several sessions that adopt this motif, albeit developed in different ways, even with an asymmetrical variant.


– Carlo Enrico Rava, Storia del mobile. La sedie, Görlich Editore, Milano, 1964;
– Clara Santini, Mille mobili veneti. L’arredo domestico in Veneto dal sec. XV al sec. XIX. Venezia, Modena, Artioli Editore, 2002.

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