Curule (Folding) Chair

Curule (Folding) Chair

c. 1450-1500

Forged iron

Overall: 106.7 x 63.5 x 54.6 cm (42 x 25 x 21 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1949.201

Description

This is a rare example of a Renaissance folding chair. It was intended to be lightweight and easily portable so that it could be folded and transported from room to room or even house to house. They were likely used in Italian homes, though they may have also been favored by scholars and clerics for use in their studies. Their portability also made them useful for extended travel. The fabric is a modern replacement.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Renaissance
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Furniture and woodwork
Medium: 
Forged iron

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