A pair of impressive Italian baroque-style open armchairs expertly carved from walnut after the Venetian wood carver Andrea Brustolon (1662–1732). The arched chair back and seat are fully upholstered and supported by a carved and stippled frame with mirror-image carved Blackamoors standing contrapposto on bases to support the armrests, the cabriole front legs terminating in a paw foot on a pad. On the upper section of the armrest are symmetrical reclining putti, the back vertical supports terminating in a hoof foot on a pad. The four legs are connected with an undulating carved x-frame stretcher with raised central finial. The workshop of Valentino Panciera Besarel (1829-1902) was well-known to have worked in this fashion throughout the mid-nineteenth century. Measures: 47 x 36 x 30 x 17 inches.