Sunday, January 29, 2012

Banister-back Chair, 1715–35

This chair epitomizes the attenuated proportions, dynamism, and vertical thrust of early Baroque, or William and Mary, style seating furniture. The back consists of dramatically turned split banisters that were turned on a lathe, split in two, and positioned with the flat side facing the sitter's back. A carved and pierced crest rail continues the vertical sweep of the back while playing off the carved "Spanish" feet that resemble a fluted scroll or an inverted paintbrush.

Copy and photos from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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