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Pair of Antique Italian "Sgabello" Carved Oak Chairs Italy circa 1875

A pair of antique Italian "Sgabello" carved oak chairs from Italy circa 1875. These striking chairs with their elaborate carved details and distinctive profile are modeled after a specific type of stool with a back that first made an appearance in renaissance Italy. These chairs never had arms because at that time it was common for only one seat in an interior to have arms and it was reserved for the most powerful person in the room. The deeply carved surfaces seen on these chairs recall the time when the inside of a home was illuminated only by the natural light cast by a blazing fire and flamong candles. This kind of light casts dramatic shadows and lends itself to sculptural carving. Please take a moment to enlarge each photograph provided to see the skill exerted by the artisan who made these chairs. The overall balance of the symmetrically placed motifs of scrolls and flourishes is immediately evident and their voluptuous quality recalls the best of Baroque Italian design. Interestingly a "sgabello" chair was kept against the wall in the anteroom or hallway where it remains flat against the wall. This use explains the flat linear quality possessed by the chairs when seen from the side. Obviously these were not chairs designed to loll about in decadent pleasure but rather emblems of a powerful family with a well furnished interior. The back of each chair also has a pierced open work carved section that allows light to penetrate through from front to back adding still another level of interest to the overall appearance. These chairs will be a strong decorative statement is the entry or hallway of a modern home because of their uniquely sculptural shape. And yes, sometimes these chairs are spelled "Scabello" but we prefer the strange and curious Italian "Sgabello"!

# EEJ155

DIMENSIONS

17.00" w x 22.00" d x 43.00" h

43.18cm w x 55.88cm d x 109.22cm h

$4,286.00

Pair of antique French "Sgabello" carved oak chairs circa 1875. These striking chairs with their elaborate carved details and distinctive profile are modeled after a specific type of stool with a back that first made an appearance in renaissance Italy. These chairs never had arms because at that time it was common for only one seat in an interior to have arms and it was reserved for the most powerful person in the room. The deeply carved surfaces seen on these chairs recall the time when the inside of a home was illuminated only by the natural light cast by a blazing fire and flamong candles. This kind of light casts dramatic shadows and lends itself to sculptural carving. Please take a moment to enlarge each photograph provided to see the skill exerted by the artisan who made these chairs. The overall balance of the symmetrically placed motifs of scrolls and flourishes is immediately evident and their voluptuous quality recalls the best of Baroque Italian design. Interestingly a "sgabello" chair was kept against the wall in the anteroom or hallway where it remains flat against the wall. This use explains the flat linear quality possessed by the chairs when seen from the side. Obviously these were not chairs designed to loll about in decadent pleasure but rather emblems of a powerful family with a well furnished interior. The back of each chair also has a pierced open work carved section that allows light to penetrate through from front to back adding still another level of interest to the overall appearance. These chairs will be a strong decorative statement is the entry or hallway of a modern home because of their uniquely sculptural shape."As always, for the best price, please contact us directly."