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Stool, Baroque, Upholstered, Oak, Ebonised, X Stretcher, Tapestry, Verdure Bird

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A rare, late 17th century. ‘X’ stretchered, ebonised, oak stool upholstered in 17th century verdure tapestry Unusual simulating ebony which was phenomenally expensive and only found in Royal and aristocratic collections at this time This stool is sophisticated, elegant and refined and the flying bird on the tapestry is a charming and unusual feature. The fine turnings, and x-stretcher evolved into the design of late-17th century English furniture in response to Continental fashions. At the same time, cabinet makers responded to the fashion for expensive Oriental laquered furniture by ebonising or black-japanning beech furniture. Recipes for this using lamp-black are given in Stalker & Parker's A Treatise of Japanning & Varnishing, 1688; 'With this varnish and black mixt together varnish over your thing three times, permitting it to dry thoroughly between every turn', followed by other applications. In this case, probably due to the utalitarian nature of the stool which would have been handled a great deal the original black varnish has been rubbed away to expose the oak frame which has matured to an excellent colour and patina. Although the upholstered seat had been introduced in the reign of Elizabeth I, it re-emerged after the Restoration as exiles sought to introduce the comfort they had experienced abroad in their homes. The form and the fact that it is upholstered, ebonised with a frame made from oak rather than beech suggests that this stool would have been made for a wealthy household . Few late-17th century upholstered stools survive, especially in this condition, largely due to the ravages of damp floors and woodworm. However the quality of this piece has probably served to protect it over the years, as it has been well cared for. It is sturdy and in usable condition, the tapestry has been recently conserved. Upholstered in a fine piece of late 17th century, verdure tapestry, unusually, depicting a bird in flight, faced with braid and brass studs. Woven in shades of blue, green, brown and yellow. Standing on tapering legs with mushroom cappings, joined by a shaped. ‘X’ stretcher, with central final, on bun feet. Measures: Height 40cm, length 46m, depth 35cm Literature: The Dictionary of English Furniture (Edwards), figure 29, illustrates a similar piece. Sophisticated, elegant and refined William & Mary model with characteristic mushroom cappings and tapering turnings. Beautifully curved, ‘x’ stretcher creating fluidity in the form and the finial creates a focal point. Charming verdure tapestry unusually with a bird in flight on the top right. The leaves are well executed and the tones of green, blue and beige are vibrant with little fading. The tapestry has been cleaned and conserved and is suitable for seating it is robust. Useful for additional seating without taking up too much space. Sturdy and suitable for regular use
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 15.75 in (40 cm)Width: 18.12 in (46 cm)Depth: 13.78 in (35 cm)
  • Style:
    Baroque (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Oak,Ebonized
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
    1690-1699
  • Date of Manufacture:
    circa 1690
  • Condition:
    Repaired: tapestry cleaned and conserved. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location:
    BUNGAY, GB
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU3867319024462
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