A rare mid-16th century oak boarded stool English, circa 1550
Lot 378
A rare mid-16th century oak boarded stool English, circa 1550
Sold for £8,750 (US$ 14,881) inc. premium
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The Oak Interior Chester
18 Oct 2012 11:00 BST

Auction 20169
A rare mid-16th century oak boarded stool English, circa 1550 A rare mid-16th century oak boarded stool English, circa 1550 A late 15th/early 16th century oak joint stool, East Anglian
Lot Details
A rare mid-16th century oak boarded stool
English, circa 1550
The seat unusually with a double moulded-edge, above deep aprons with concave-shaped ends and geometric piercing, raised on profiled end-supports, terminating in V-shaped cut-away supports, 48.5cm wide x 17cm deep x 57cm high, (19" wide x 6.5" deep x 22" high)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: The Peter Gwynn Collection. Formerly at Dame Annis Barn, Epsom, Surrey. R.T.Gwynn catalogue reference F13, described as late 15th/early 16th century, English, (East Anglian).

    An extremely similar boarded stool in the John Adler Collection illustrated Tobias Jellinek, Early British Chairs and Seats 1500 to 1700 p.195, pl.238; sold Sotheby's, 24 February, 2005, lot 60, (£15,000). The author notes that the double reeded-edges to the top of the illustrated example, (as found on this lot), are unusual, and more often associated with joint stools. Further examples illustrated pp.193-199, including a similar stool in The Burrell Collection, Glasgow, p.199, pl.247; and p.194, pl.235, sold Sotheby's 29 October 2008, lot 302, (£12,500).

    This established pierced design to each apron, two semi-circles centred by a key-hole, is again demonstrated by a stool in The Clive Sherwood Collection, sold Sotheby's, 22 May 2002, lot 84, (£19,975). A further example in the Victoria & Albert Museum Collection, No. W.95-1921, donated by A.H.Fass, Giffards Hall, Wickhambrook, Newmarket; reputedly purchased by the donor in Bury St. Edmund's, (presently on loan).

    See Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture The British Tradition, pp.261-262, for a discussion and illustration of boarded stools.
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