Sillón de brazos (Large Bishop’s Armchair)
c. 1675
46.5" x 28" x 28"
Furniture, carved wood with modern suede backrest and seat; period metallic finials
Region: Mexico
This massive armchair is decorated in the Rococo style with asymmetrical outlines. In terms of ornamentation and anatomical form, it follows the moving, sinuous lines of this French style, which was so much in vogue during the second half of the eighteenth century. It is a large armchair whose original function was as a seat of honor in a church. given the piece's notable characteristics, it must have been used by a prelate or dignitary of New Spain during the Enlightenment. The seat and backrest have been reupholstered. The Rococo-inspired patterns of the decoration are different in each part of the chair.