Hand-tooled, rich, brown leather has been affixed by brass nailheads to this pair of armchairs with rams’ head handrests. The wood frames were hand-carved in Spain during the 1800’s out of walnut wood. Gently sloping arms emanate from the rectangular backs with rounded tops and bottoms that are flanked by small fleur de lys finials. The arm stumps beneath the rams’ heads are turned, as are the legs and connectors, although the shaped front connector has been carved with a large leaf above volutes.
The leather covering the back rest has been wonderfully worked with a large cartouche of floral rinceaux surrounding bouquet medallions. Two putti can be seen sitting on branches that flank the medallion, which sits on top of a well camouflaged winged mascaron. The seat has also been tooled with a similar display, although on a smaller scale. It is also surrounded by a textured rectilinear border embellished with cabochons and dolphins joined at the tail.
These rich Spanish tooled leather and walnut armchairs can be used at the end of a dining table as host/hostess chairs. They would also make fantastic fireside or occasional chairs.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including minor leather chapping and acceptable losses. Light nicks and rubs to wood. Some scratches to leather with slight discoloration in some areas.