An exquisite set of eight Spanish chairs, featuring a harmonious blend of artistry and craftsmanship. This elegant collection is comprised of four armchairs and four side chairs, each meticulously adorned with embossed leather affixed by numerous brass nail heads. The leather showcases an array of intricate designs, including enchanting floral bouquets, mythical creatures including putti, mermen, dragons, and double-headed eagles, all intertwined with mesmerizing geometric details and lush foliage. The chairs boast a one-inch thick nail head border along the backrest and seat, while brass finials gracefully flank a uniquely shaped crest. Baluster arm stumps nestled beneath gracefully curled leaf hand rests add a touch of charm, complemented by the turned legs and connectors, with the front connector distinguished by a large scalloped leaf under an elegant volute arch.
This type of seating was first produced in Portugal, in the 16th century. It was starting in the mid 17th century that Spain began creating their own tooled leather chairs, much like the examples seen here. Today, Spanish or Portuguese leather chairs of this type are usually only found as a single, or in pairs. Elevate your space with this rare set of 8.
CONDITION: Strong antique condition with light leather chapping and losses. Minor rubs and losses to the wood frames. Some old restorations with more recent work, including some replaced nail heads. Traces of old woodworm.