Arm chair



17th century
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General Description

Flemish-influenced Baroque chairs like this were popular during the reigns of Charles II, James II, and William and Mary. Their crests and front stretchers often contained elaborate scrolls, foliage, and even cherubs holding cyphers of coats-of-arms. Toward the end of the seventeenth century this style of chair became less elaborate and lighter in feeling. Here the back splat is caned and flanked by scrolls. The caned square seat would originally have had a cushion. The turned rear legs and back posts are block and ball baluster. Ball feet were introduced with the accession of William III in 1689. The scrolled crest is flanked by knop-finialed blocks which are carved in relief with flowers similar to those on the handholds of the scrolling, crisply edged Pembroke arms.

Excerpt from

Dallas Museum of Art. The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 164.