Pair of ebony 'Spanish' chairs
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- Northern Netherlands, possibly Amsterdam
- Dated 1683
- 101 cm
- 42.5 cm
- 41 cm
Jacques Fijnaut TEFAF 2000, pictured in the catalogue
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The decoration on the backrests is based on a print after Hendrick Goltzius depicting the episode of the Samaritan woman. In this episode Jesus demonstrates that all men are equal and that the faith welcomes the privileged and the poor alike.
The picture by Hendrick Goltzius:
The V&A museum in London has a similar chair (inv.no. 443-1892) dated 1678.
V&A Museum, chair, inv.no. 443-1892