A rare James I oak joint stool  Circa 1610
Lot 372
A rare James I oak joint stool Circa 1610
Sold for £4,750 (US$ 8,069) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Oak Interior Chester
18 Oct 2012 11:00 BST

Auction 20169
A rare James I oak joint stool  Circa 1610 A rare James I oak joint stool  Circa 1610
Lot Details
A rare James I oak joint stool
Circa 1610
The plain boarded top above unusually deep channel-moulded and scroll-pierced friezes, raised on baluster and elongated reel-turned legs, joined by plain stretchers, 51cm wide x 29.5cm deep x 53.5cm high, (20" wide x 11.5" deep x 21" high)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: The Peter Gwynn Collection. Formerly at Dame Annis Barn, Epsom, Surrey. Purchased from S.W.Wolsey, Buckingham Gate, London. R.T.Gwynn catalogue number F5, described as English, East Anglian, mid 16th century, noted as of rare form. Reference is made to an Antique Collector article, written by C.K.Binns, December 1969, illustrating a similar stool with shaped apron panels, (friezes) but not pierced.

    A square-edge top, as displayed here, is seldom found on joined stools. Invariably, the edge of the seat is moulded. However, they are known to have been used. A stool, with a similar plain boarded top, dated to 1640, is illustrated in Tobias Jellinek, Early British Chairs and Seats 1500 to 1700, p.232, pl.302. In principle, the plain top is reserved for 16th century boarded stools. It can be noted that this lot is reminiscent of a boarded example in its use of scroll-pierced frieze rails incorporating a narrow channel edge, (see the example illustrated Cescinsky and Gribble, Early English Furniture and Woodwork, Vol. II, p.208, fig.264), and could be considered an example of a stool in its joined form, marking its progression from the boarded forerunner.
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