Very unusual Venetian carved and painted gondola chair, late 18th century, from the Belcourt Mansion in Newport, R.I. The carved, gesso and gilded wooden is supported original forged iron strappings. The central pedestal shows original floral decoration. The legs terminate in carved elements including animal heads. Condition: Losses to gesso & gilding; details upon request. Overall ht. 35 1/2"; overall width 40"; overall d. 16".