Syrian armchair, Late 19th century /Early 20th century
This Syrian armchair made of dark wood is typical of Syrian Moorish art. The very elongated seat looks like a meridian. This shape is not without evoking harems or other places of relaxation where the seats were very long and allowed to lengthen in order to relax completely. The belt is perforated and on the feet, mother-of-pearl inlays form a square. The long seat is covered with a velvet cushion with vegetal and interlacing motifs, characteristic of oriental art. The armrests are full and also elongated. Their sides are skilfully sculpted in an openwork manner, creating a stylistic reminder. The top of the armrests also receives mother-of-pearl inlays forming geometric patterns. The backrest is very richly worked out in the manner of the moucharabiehs. Also openwork, the top represents a kind of heart surrounded by festoons forming a very rich pattern.