Jan & John Maggs

Antiques and Art

17th century “low” stool

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A rare and wonderful little period joined stool, found by a friend in New York.

According to Victor Chinnery, the “low stool” was probably used as a footrest or a seat.

Although quite petite and considerably rarer, the low stool is built exactly like its larger cousins.

In this example the chunky blocks at top and bottom of each leg are separated from each other by pleasing vase and spool turnings.

The remainder of the frame consists of an apron with planed moulding and shaped edge, and four lower stretchers, which were left unadorned.

The top, bordered with a pleasing thumbnail moulding, is an old replacement.

English, ca. 1660

Dimensions: 12-1/2” X 13”; Height: 12”

Inventory #Z-443

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