A rare Medici family X-shaped carved wood chair, 19th century or earlier
A rare Medici family X-shaped carved wood chair, 19th century or earlier. Known as the Roman X-shape or Dante chair, this design became popular during the Medieval period in Italy and was later coined the Savonarola chair during the 19th century. This particular example is finely carved with the crest rail bearing the Medici coat of arms who were a powerful, royal and political Italian banking family. The arms terminate with lions heads and the seat of the chair bears the fluer-de-lys, symbolic of the city of Florence where the Medici family first gained political power and then control through royal hereditary titles and the church with various members of the family becoming Popes of the Catholic Church during the 16th century. There are very few known examples of these chairs in existence hence making this an interesting collectors piece of furniture. 40 in (101.6 cm) height, 27.4 in (69.7 cm) width.
Auction Date: July 2019