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Antique Savonarola Armchair, English, Gothic Revival, James Shoolbred, Victorian


£2,950 | $3,618 USD | €3,402 EUR
Item Number: SA890652
Date of manufacture: 1880
Current Status: For sale
Seller: London Fine Antiques
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This is an antique Savonarola armchair. An English, walnut seat with overt Gothic revival overtones by James Shoolbred, dating to the Victorian period, circa 1880.
So named for the 15th century Italian Dominican priest Girolamo Savonarola, the progenitor for this style of chair was found in the convent of the San Marco in Florence.
Captivatingly carved chair, strikingly crafted in Italian gothic taste
Displays a desirable aged patina and in very good order
Select walnut stocks show fine grain interest and rich caramel hues
Enthusiastic carvings adorn every surface to exemplary effect
Prominent back rest decorated with green man masque above a foliate frieze
Acorn finials to each side rail stand above jovial lion head figures
Sinuous arms with chased leaf pattern terminate in oak leaf knuckles
Dashing demi-lune seat squab draws the eye, inset from the widely splayed arms
Large green man masque uniting the seat to the equally distinctive base
Standing upon unusual curved legs with bold leaf and scroll motif
United across the knee and ankle with decorated stretcher rails
Maker's mark to base for JAS. Shoolbred of London, with engraved number V233
This is an enticing and rare antique Savonarola armchair, graced with a level of craftsmanship and expression that attracts the most discerning of collectors. Solid joints and construction, delivered waxed, polished and ready for the home.
Max Width: 62.5cm (24.5'')
Max Depth: 52.5cm (20.75'')
Max Height: 105cm (41.25'')
Seat Width: 51cm (20'')
Seat Depth: 46.5cm (18.25'')
Seat Height: 41cm (16.25'')
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1880.


Height = 105 cm (41.3")
Width = 62.5 cm (24.6")
Depth = 52.5 cm (20.7")

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