Thursday, January 19, 2017

An Uncomfortable-Looking, But Heraldic, Chair

Despite the thick, velvet-covered cushions on this chair in the Glasgow Trades Hall, I'm not at all sure how comfortable it would actually be to sit in it. (As you can see from the photograph below, they had cordoned it off with tape, so I didn't get to actually try sitting in it.)

However, it is the decoration on the upright back that really caught my eye.

As you can see, it is a gilt or brass plate with the engraved arms of the City of Glasgow (with motto) in the center surrounded by the arms of the fourteen Trades which make up the Trades Hall. Please feel free to click on the image, which should take you to a larger version where the arms of the various guilds should be more readily identifiable.

I suppose it should not be too uncomfortable to sit it, so long as you do not slouch and let your head rest against the back of the chair.

But it is a wonderful thing to look at, isn't it?

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