A rare late-17th century French walnut, commemorative, open, vernacular, naive, folk armchair with incised initials 'JFP' on the left hand side block and 'dFP' on the right hand side block. Upholstered in the French style in a cotton velvet with Aubusson tapestry panels in the shaped back and seat, faced with braid and close nailed. The scroll arms supported by classic late-17th century ball and tapering turnings repeated on the front stretcher and front legs joined to an 'H' stretcher with straight back legs. Old repairs such as the capping to the wear on the front feet and old worm damage. The walnut has an amazing lustrous patina and glows like glass.
Commemorative and personalised seat furniture from this period is rare. This vernacular armchair exudes character and charm and is a wonderful conversation piece. The initials most likely commemorate a marriage as the 'd' is in lower case signifying the family hierarchy. The tapestry panels have been cleared and conserved so they are stable. The armchair is stable and suitable for regular use.
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