Armchair of Jacoba of Bavaria, anonymous, c. 1560 - c. 1570
Jacoba of Bavaria (1401-1436) was countess of Holland, Zeeland, and Hainaut. However, powerful relatives in other territories challenged her position and tried to undermine her authority. In later centuries many people in the Republic identified with her because of her resistance to these foreign powers. Various objects associated with Jacoba were cherished and kept as mementos of her struggle. This chair is one of them; in reality, though, it is a 16th-century piece of furniture.