Pair of monopodia-supported armchairs

Probably Irish (Dublin)
about 1810


Overall: 81.3 x 68.6 x 52.1 cm (32 x 27 x 20 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gilded wood, modern upholstery

On View

Susan Morse Hilles Gallery (Gallery 152)





This pair of chairs would have been used in a drawing room, to which a person might “withdraw” for conversation or entertainment. They incorporate animal monopodia, which consist of the head and one leg of an animal (here a leopard). Monopodia were first seen in Roman furniture and were revived during the late 18th century by neoclassical designers. A Roman example, in dark marble with a goat’s head, is in the Museum’s collection. These chairs were made in Ireland and were formerly in the collection of Caledon Castle in Northern Ireland.


Earl of Caledon, Caledon Castle, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. 2002, acquired on the London art market by Horace Wood Brock, New York; 2009, gift of Horace Wood Brock to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 31, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace Wood Brock