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High-Backed Armchair

Artist/maker unknown, French

Made in France, Europe

Late 15th century


7 feet 2 5/8 inches x 2 feet 2 3/8 inches (220 x 67 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 314, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

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Purchased with funds contributed by Elizabeth Malcolm Bowman in memory of Wendell Phillips Bowman from the Edmond Foulc Collection, 1930

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This chair is said to have come from the church of the Pénitents d'Apt in southern France, not far from Avignon. Such chairs, with high backs, were reserved for people of importance. The decorative elements are derived from details of the architecture of the period.

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