Continental carved Renaissance style settee, horizontal back with carved strapwork ornamentation across the top, and two male and female caryatids adorning the front arm supports. Caned seat. Skirt is carved with a band of wreaths and the square tapered legs feature festoons of carved flora. 30-1/4" H x 52-1/4" W x 23" D. Probably Italian, mid 19th century. Included with this settee are two framed (11" x 17") and two unframed (11" x 21") fragments of fabric, embroidered metallic thread on velvet, dating from the 15th century (authenticated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Condition: Upholstery removed on back. Replaced cane seat. Wood (probably walnut) retains old darkened finish. Minor losses to carvings. Fabric fragments with some tears and thread loss.
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