An exceptionally rare and important Elizabeth I oak stool, circa 1560-80
Lot 344
An exceptionally rare and important Elizabeth I oak stool, circa 1560-80
Sold for £25,000 (US$ 40,122) inc. premium

Lot Details
An exceptionally rare and important Elizabeth I oak stool, circa 1560-80 Oak trefoil table Oak trefoil table Oak trefoil table Oak trefoil table
An exceptionally rare and important Elizabeth I oak stool, circa 1560-80
Having a trefoil-shaped top with moulded-edge supported on a central baluster-shaped gadrooned and stop-fluted leg and three outer tapering straight-fluted and lower baluster-turned legs, all four mortised through the top, on a Triskelion-shaped base and three stylised petal-carved outswept feet, feet tipped, 44cm diameter x 55cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance: A private family in Berkshire, thence by descent to the present owner.

    This stool has only one other known counterpart, once in the collection of Rous Lench and sold Sotheby's, 4th July 1986, for £11,000, now in the collection of John H. Bryan.

    The Lench/Bryan stool is illustrated V. Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition (2002), p. 263, Figure 3:79a, where it is dated to the late 16th century, and it is noted that it is 'an unusual tripod form, recorded in inventories as 'three-footed' or 'three-cornered', and in T. Jellinek, Early British Chairs and Seats 1500 - 1700 (2009), p. 216, Plate 266 where 'this immensely rare stool' is dated to circa 1550.

    Both publications illustrate it on the same page as another rare Elizabethan survivor, with comparable fluted legs, which is dated to circa 1570, and which sold Christie's, 30th November 2010, Lot 178, for £28,750.

    Further examples of later stools with a similar trefoil-shaped top, but with rails to support the seat and conventional leg stretchers, dated to circa 1600, illustrated Early British Chairs and Seats 1500 - 1700, pp. 222 -223, plate 279 and 280.
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