Child's Throne

Child's Throne


Carved and gilded wood, leather upholstery

Overall: 84 x 45.1 x 42 cm (33 1/16 x 17 3/4 x 16 9/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1988.58



This chair was made for the young, presumed successor to the French throne who ruled briefly as Henri V in 1830, the last of the direct Bourbon line. He is depicted at the center of the top rail protected by female figures representing France and Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom. Fleurs-de-lis and the Gallic rooster, symbols of French royalty and the French people, decorate the upholstery.


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