11632 A GEORGE II WALNUT DOUBLE STOOL OF RARE LARGE SCALE AND GOOD FADED COLOR English. Second Quarter Of the Eighteenth Century. Measurements: Height 18″ (45.7 cm) Width 52″ (132.1 cm) Depth 22″ (55.9 cm).
The rectangular upholstered drop in seat above a plain frieze with curved molding to lower edge the whole raised on four cabriole legs terminating in claw and ball feet with recessed rigid casters. One leg with old patch to corner. Minor old repairs. Frame of seat pad old but not original. Formerly with crossbar support.
From the end of the seventeenth century variations on seating came to include the long, or ‘double’ stool, stretching from four feet to seven feet in length1, however survivals form the first half of the 18th century are rare. The present bench is such an example of long proportions. It is made of walnut with powerfully drawn yet understated cabriole legs terminating in claw and ball feet, a device thought to have originated in China as a dragon claw grasping a pearl. Carved ornamentation is eschewed in favor of clean lines, however, the curved end grain molding to the lower frieze of the bench is an indication of sophisticated craftsmanship and refinement at this date.
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