Elizabeth I inlaid armchair

Circa 1575
England

W 26 1/2" × H 48 1/2" × D 22"

Stock # Marh2533

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Elizabeth I oak carved and inlaid armchair. The heavy and large cup and cover legs decorated with pineapple and gadrooned designs joined by huge oversized lunette carved lower stretcher rails and similar seat rails, with the back legs having flutted decoration running through to the frieze rail. The back rest panel with an applied arcade with a fully inlaid panel of botanical imagery, above the cresting rail with a row of guilloche and two large S-scrolled designs with turned finials flanking.

This huge armchair was possibly made by a court cup-board maker, the design of the legs and lower rails are similar to the three tiered cupboards from the same period. This is a very important undocumented and rare example.