A Pretty George I & Later Distressed Giltwood Stool

Origin: English
Period: George I & Later
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1720 and later
Width: 22.5 inches
Depth: 16.5 inches
Height: 18 inches (all at extremities)

The distressed giltwood stool made up principally from c.1720 George I period elements, standing on four Georgian period ball and claw footed legs, having an upholstered drop in seat, the whole perhaps cut down from a larger stool or piece of furniture, the later carved edgings being Victorian, the sides showing joining divisions, the whole with an early nineteenth century layering of gilding, now naturally distressed.

The stool is sturdy and stable and gilding is naturally distressed all over. The piece stands well and there are no losses. The divisions to three sides are visible but do not overly detract from the whole but it is clearly a piece that has been larger at some point in its life. The drop in seat has recently been reupholstered in an ivory damask.

Approximately three quarters of the stool is of George I period, c.1720, whilst the decorative architectural elements that make the piece flow like the corner pieces are later, probably Regency or early Victorian. The claw and ball feet are of good quality and would be George I period from a larger piece of furniture. The gilding is very well established and must date to at least 1800. As such, she is an amalgamation of periods but has a nice flow all the same.

A very decorative and pretty stool, which is rather puzzling too, but has undeniable high quality to the carving.