A stylish Spanish armchair with an embossed polychrome leather back and seat held by brass flowerhead studs. The leather back panel has an escutcheon of arms featuring opposing rampant lions, birds overhead a whilst the seat has a large floral central decoration. To the top and middle of the back panel is a stylised tulip head which reinforces the date to c 1680. Made from elm with a warm patination, there is a carved front stretcher and wavy side rails and scrolled terminals to the uprights.
This type of chair with the leather panels and armrests is commonly called a Friars chair as they were often thought to be used in monasteries or other religious houses. However they were also seen outside of these orders in the homes of wealthy patrons and in the military ranks . This is a fabulous decorative piece which would look good in a hall or landing or set beside a log fire .
Condition: Old repairs and replacements.
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