Antique Italian Ebonised & Inlaid Savonarola Chair


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Antique Italian Ebonised & Inlaid Savonarola Chair

A 19th Century North Italian Renaissance revival ebonised and inlaid Savonarola chair in the manner of Ferdinando Pogliani, the shaped back inlaid with a central fleur de lys, grotesques and scrolling foliage, the X shaped frame with inlaid decoration throughout including the reverse of the back panel and seat with the Medici family arms.

The underside of the seat with trade label of Giovanni Bacci, Florence.

The X framed folding chair dates back to antiquity and was originally a symbol of magisterial power. The name Savonarola comes from the religious zealot Girolamo Savonarola who led Florence during the Renaissance. He owned a chair of this style which became popular during the 19th century.

Ferdinando Pogliani (1832 - 1899) was a leading cabinet-maker based in Milan, active from 1854. He is particularly well known for his Renaissance revival inlaid ebonised furniture.


  • H: 94cm (37.01in)
  • W: 72cm (28.35in)
  • D: 33cm (12.99in)


Circa 1880

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With a lifelong passion for the subject, Lisa has worked in the word of art and antiques for over 25 years.  Sixteen of these were spent as a Director of an Auctioneers in London before moving to South West France with her husband Marc Allum to restore a rambling 17th Century Chateau, which they used as base to host art and antique holidays. 
After returning to the UK in 2012, Hand of Glory was born, offering an eclectic mix of antiques, objects and.... in the words of John Tradescant; 'anything strang (sic)'
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