A CHAIR WITH A BOX-SEAT.
END OF THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY.
M. Boy’s Collection.
The solid back is carved with pointed Gothic arches, and the front of the box-seat shows two escutcheons.
This is a capital example of the seats of the latter half of the fifteenth century, when chest joiners still derived their ideas of decoration from the latest period of Gothic architecture, before the Italian Renaissance had revolutionised taste in ornament.
The chair stands in front of a piece of tapestry of the fifteenth century, from the collection of M. Albert Bossy. The subject is pastoral, and it is distinguished by the essentially French characteristic of a meadow background full of tall plants and flowers.
Source: Treasures and masterpieces of art. Shown at the 5th World’s Fair in Paris (Exposition universelle de 1900), by Gaston Migeon. Paris: Goupil & cie, 1901.