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A tall French Gothic throne chair, the carved tracery central panel made from a single plank of thick walnut, and the front and side panels carved in the earlist style of linenfold decoration.  This "parchment" style of linenfold which was largely replaced by more complicated forms of linenfold before the 15th century was over.  Constructed mostly of walnut with some oak, this chair was almost certainly originally covered with gesso and polychromy as was common for Gothic furniture of the period.


Height 7'1", width 28", depth 18"


Condition: All original except for with some some small patches of wood mainly along the base (as expected with a piece from this period) and also along the front of the seat.  The removable fretwork cresting appears very old and has worm holes consistent with the rest of the chair, but may be a replacement as these were often lost.   Wood worm holes in various places consistent with age.  Originally with a lock and latch, now removed.


Note: Throne chairs could be afforded only by the upper classes of society, and then only one chair was used by the father of the household or his honored guest.  Others had to sit on stools or benches.  Accordingly, original throne chairs are scarce and not aften seen on the market today.   




A French Gothic throne chair, second half 15th century (Y05)

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