Baroque architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries was known for its highly decorative style, often employing structural elements as sculpted motifs. Baroque furniture, such as this walnut armchair with raw silk upholstery, also utilized this technique. Notice the elaborately carved arm stumps and front legs of the chair (hand-carved in the mid-1900s), both of which have a large volute accompanied by a smaller whorl. Interestingly, they were carved inversely: the arm stump has a small volute above the larger one, while the legs have a large volute above the smaller version. Both sections are also adorned with a small foliate margent on the facing of the large volute.
An even more detailed carving comprises the front connector that runs between the two front legs. Scrolls, counter curves, and volutes seamlessly unite in a pierced cartouche centered around a heart-shaped olive swag over a flower. The chair is further strengthened by an H-shaped stretcher with an offset center connector (it is positioned more forward than the usual H-stretcher). Each front foot has been sculpted as a ball foot flanked by two volute scrolls, while the two back feet are blocked with a dramatic slope towards the rear. Most of the carvings that embellish the chair have subtle cavetto channels that run along the edges.
The tall, rectangular back and the voluminous seat have been covered in raw silk known as silk noil (sometimes referred to as “nubby” silk, as it has a thicker, linen-like appearance). The cream upholstery with golden thread accents provides a stark contrast to the dark wood frame. Our walnut Baroque-style armchair is a comfortable and elegant option for seating in a living room, study, or library.
CONDITION: Very strong condition with minor nicks to wood and rubs. Fleabites and slight losses, with very light wear to the upholstery.