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Antique Italian "Sgabello" Oak Chair of Grand Palazzo Scale, Italy circa 1870

A fabulous antique Italian "sgabello" chair from Italy circa 1840 of grand palazzo scale with intricate carving in oak. The term "sgabello" or "scabello" is taken from the Italian "scanno" meaning stool. This chair was almost always set within the entry hall and not meant for long term comfortable seating but merely as a place to perch for a short while. The entire surface is covered with boldly carved decoration from top to bottom and even the seat has an incised decorated surface. The centre of the back features a stylized coat of arms in reference to the originals of these chairs that first appeared in the palazzi of important aristocratic Italian families. The top of the chair back has a stylized crown while the open work carving that surrounds the interior carving of the back is fully pierced to allow light to enter from the rear and create a sense of depth and movement. The seat is octagonal in shape with a bullnose profile embellished with a symmetrical pattern along the front and both sides. As mentioned before the top of the seat is also patterned with a design to complete the overall impression of one continuously decorated surface. The front support underneath the seat is set at an angle and also features the same amount of lavishly carved detail seen elsewhere. This support is solid to the floor and joined to the back support by a horizontal shaped stretcher that connects the front and the back for stability. because these chairs were placed against the wall in the entry and not pulled forward into the space they were not finished on the back vertical surface and this chair is no exception. The importance of the chair is primarily visual as its tall back and sculptural effect was an important part of the overall decoration of an entry hall. Now this chair retains this same powerful impact and serves as a focal point where dramatic interest is needed in an interior.

# EEJ353

DIMENSIONS

17.00" w x 20.00" d x 51.00" h

43.18cm w x 50.80cm d x 129.54cm h

$1,912.00

A fabulous Italian "sgabello" single chair of grand palazzo scale with intricate carving in oak circa 1840. The term "sgabello" is taken from the Italian "scanno" meaning stool. This chair was almost always set within the entry hall and not meant for long term comfortable seating but merely as a place to perch for a short while. The entire surface is covered with boldly carved decoration from top to bottom and even the seat has an incised decorated surface. The centre of the back features a stylized coat of arms in reference to the originals of these chairs that first appeared in the palazzi of important aristocratic Italian families. The top of the chair back has a stylized crown while the open work carving that surrounds the interior carving of the back is fully pierced to allow light to enter from the rear and create a sense of depth and movement. The seat is octagonal in shape with a bullnose profile embellished with a symmetrical pattern along the front and both sides. As mentioned before the top of the seat is also patterned with a design to complete the overall impression of one continuously decorated surface. The front support underneath the seat is set at an angle and also features the same amount of lavishly carved detail seen elsewhere. This support is solid to the floor and joined to the back support by a horizontal shaped stretcher that connects the front and the back for stability. because these chairs were placed against the wall in the entry and not pulled forward into the space they were not finished on the back vertical surface and this chair is no exception. The importance of the chair is primarily visual as its tall back and sculptural effect was an important part of the overall decoration of an entry hall. Now this chair retains this same powerful impact and serves as a focal point where a dramatic piece is needed in an interior.