A pair of walnut and upholstered high-back chairs, Franco-Flemish, circa 1700
Bargello is a type of needlepoint embroidery consisting of upright flat stitches placed geometrically to create motifs. They are named after the Bargello palace in Florence, where there are fine examples. It is a very challenging way of stitching, as it is important to count the stitches correctly as mistakes are easily noticed.
A pair of walnut and upholstered high-back chairs, Franco-Flemish, circa 1700. Covered in Bargello flame-stitch needlework, each with rectangular back and seat, standing on bulbous tapering baluster legs joined by wavy X-shaped stretchers.