MALTESE 17TH CENTURY FORMAL ARMCHAIR
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Maltese 17th Century Formal Armchair

This armchair is decorated with cotton plant carvings on the wooden finials and stretcher, and its leather seat and back are attached to the frame by means of circular brass studs.  The coat-of-arms of the Cotoner Grand Masters Raphael (r.1660-1663) and Nicolas (r.1663-1680) can be seen at the centre of the stretcher.  Armchairs such as these would feature in seated portraits of Grand Masters.

 

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