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Gondola seat

<p>A 17<sup>th</sup>-centruy gondola seat, leather embossed in gold and wood, 100 &times; 88 &times; 65 cm, Venice (Italy)</p>

A 17th-centruy gondola seat, leather embossed in gold and wood, 100 × 88 × 65 cm, Venice (Italy)

A chair with a smooth concave seat. On the outside it is all decorated with a webbed pattern framed by acanthus leaves, leaving a place for a coat-of-arms in the centre of the back. The type of work with decorated hardware comes from the field of artistic bookbinding, of which one very interesting item is preserved: a book given by Queen Caroline of Naples in 1783 to Archduke Maximilian of Cologne.

This seat was placed on gondolas during the festivities. The name derives directly from the seggiolone da parata, ceremonial seats placed in all Venetian churches for possible visits from the Doge.

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