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Pair Fine Carved Sgabello Walnut Renaissance Style Chairs Caryatid Griifin Demon

Pair Fine Carved Sgabello Walnut Renaissance Style Chairs Caryatid Griifin Demon
Current Price: £1,999.99 Buy Item
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Location: Betws-y-Coed

Item Details


  • Product Type: Back stool
  • Original/Reproduction: Original
  • Style: Art Deco, Art Moderne, Asian/ Oriental, Dutch/ Flemish, Gothic, Italian, Louis XIII, Louis XV/ Neoclassical, Louis XVI, Mission
  • Age: Pre-1800
  • Material: Walnut

Pair Fine Carved Sgabello Walnut Renaissance Style Chairs featuring Caryatids / Griffins / Demons etc.

SALE – Buy It Now price – now reduced – for limited period only!

All proceeds of sale to go towards the church restoration.

Any questions or to view, please call or email. 07711 706799

Deeply and finely carved back chair with winged caryatids, masks, foliate designs, swags, griffins, scrolls, above a canted seat with shallow carving, with circular dished panel, on solid trestle supports, the front support carved with bearded masks holding swags, upon cloven hoof feet.

Italian Sgabello hall chair in walnut. The Sgabello finds its origin as a type of backstool created in the 16th century Italian Renaissance and placed in hallways for travellers to have a short respite, or for waiting servants or visitors. One would not want to sit on its narrow seat and rectilinear back for long, as they were definitely not made for comfort, but they have their charm and certainly looked grand lining the stone walls of a castle entrance. 

(For more details of historical context, please see below.)

In good Original Condition

A most imposing pair. Please study the photographs carefully which convey a thousand words and constitute an important part of the description. Please also read the full description, terms and conditions etc. These item have developed an incredible and beautiful warm patina over the years. We can find no significant wear or damage, which is unusual for such items. We generally leave items as they are, as many buyers prefer them that way. 

Notable condition remarks: There are various marks as one would expect of an item of this age. However this piece is very solid, strong and quite heavy. 

Any number of pics cannot do this item justice. Viewing recommended.

Excellent condition with only the odd mark as would be expected of an item of this age. Nothing that detracts.

You will not be disappointed.

Approximate dimensions:

Height: 49.5 inches

Width: 13.75 inches

Depth: 18 inches

Height of Seat: 18.5 inches

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Please note that our items are mainly antique / vintage and therefore will inevitably show some signs of their past history and usage. We endeavour to point out any major defects that we find. We encourage and welcome viewings, so you can ensure you are satisfied before bidding. We also welcome and encourage any questions, before the end of the auction, as we want you to be satisfied before you bid and pleased with your purchase. If your preference is for unique antique / vintage items, look no further… we will be delighted to help, if we possibly can. Furthermore, if you are not entirely satisfied, please do let us know and give us the opportunity to remedy. We generally leave items in their original condition, as that is the way many buyers prefer them. However, at the Buy It Now price, we will be delighted to let our restorer give it a polish, if that is your preference.

Delivery from just £30 for some areas of England and Wales, please ask for a quote for Scotland/Ireland or further afield! Or can be collected for free or if you prefer you can arrange collection via your own courier.

Paypal accepted. Cheque / postal order / banker's draft / cash on collection preferred please.

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Members of an Amsterdamschutterscompagnie painted in 1653 are seated on sgabelli that may have been heirlooms, as are the silver objects they inspect and display.

sgabello is an Italian term for a specific type of backstool, moveable seat furniture typical of the Italian Renaissance, when a chair (sedia) usually signified an armchair, a seat of some hieratic importance. Sgabelli are generally made out of walnut and consist of a thin plank or panelled back and an octagonal seat, supported on shaped plank supports, strengthened by a stretcher, which may be turned. This seat would often be placed in hallways, and was often carved with a family's imprese or emblem drawn from its coat-of-arms. Its primary purpose was not lounging comfort.

Similar chairs were made in France. It is also known as the side chair. It has solid supports, which are called rhombus seat supports. It wasn't used for a stool.

sgabello is an Italian Renaissance furniture object found in the sixteenth century. It is a side chair, made of walnut, with a variety of carvings and turned elements. A sgabello is armless, with a thin back and an octagonal seat, not so comfortable, not designed for long term seating. The legs can be either two decorated boards with a stretcher for support, or three separate impost legs that would be also ornamented and carved.

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