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Cathedra (bishop's chair)

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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...

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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.

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Gift of Landon T. Clay and Harriet Otis Cruft Fund


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

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




Furniture, Seating and Beds