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1146.—Chair (Royal M.S. 14 E, iii.), in England more
The square-backed chair (Fig. 1146) was frequent in the mansions of the thirteenth century. In the fourteenth, they, and other articles combining household utility and elegance, were modified by the pointed architecture, and partook of the beautiful variety of its forms: this, in the engraving of Library furniture (Fig. 1140) we see in the reading-table a miniature spire or pinnacle, with little pointed arches.” (p. 334)
A bearded and crowned king holds a sceptre whilst seated on a square-backed chair; a scribe in monkish tunic writes with a quill pen.