Pair of Rare Italian Marquetry and Inlaid Hall Chairs

Pair of Rare Italian Marquetry and Inlaid Hall Chairs

550.00

ORIGIN: Italy
DATE OF MANUFACTURE: c. 1860
MATERIALS: Hardwood, Mother of Pearl, Bone
PERIOD: George III
STYLE: Medieval
CONDITION: Good
HEIGHT: 95 cm / 37 inches
WIDTH: 38 cm / 15 inches
DEPTH: 40 cm / 16 inches

These two hall chairs wonderful examples of early Italian design.

They were made as a pair and as such are offered as a pair.

Crafted around the turn of the 19th century, they are made from a hardwood and then intricately inlaid in the Certosina style. Certosina is a technique established during the Italian Renaissance period. Similar to marquetry, it uses small pieces of wood, bone and mother-of-pearl to create inlaid geometric patterns on wood.

The back of each chair has been inlaid with male and female images of medieval nobles. These these two figures are made from painted inlaid wood and bone. You will see from the photos that there has been some loss to both image, particularly the female. Despite this, because of the quality of craftsmanship and design, it does not detract from its beauty. 

Other age related wear includes the front corner edges of the 'female' chair. Again, not a distraction.

A very rare and historic pair of Italian antique chairs.

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