Cathedra (bishop's chair)

1880–1905


Object Place: Mexico

Dimensions

Overall: 111.8 x 58.4 x 94cm (44 x 23 x 37in.)

Accession Number

1980.171

Medium or Technique

Spanish cedar (cedrela odorata, by microanalysis); modern leather upholstery with twenty-five original brass nails and additional replacements

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Seating and beds

Large, heavily carved armchair with cabriole legs featuring grotesque masks on all four knees and terminating in claw-and-ball feet; elaborately carved front seat rail with inverted shell between two foliate scrolls emanating from masks; carved rear stiles terminate in reverse scroll; arms bear foliate carving on outer side and terminate in scrolled hand-holds; crest rail formed of compound curves; carved sun surrounded by foliate scrolls on outside of back; modern leather upholstery secured with twenty-five (out of seventy) original brass nails.

Provenance

About 1906, probably sold by the Sonora News Company, Mexico City; 1980, purchased from William J. Carpenter Wholesale Furniture and Antiques, Lynn and Chelsea, Massachusetts, by the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay and Harriet Otis Cruft Fund