An Attractive Regency Painted & Parcel Gilt X-Framed Stool c.1810

Origin: English
Period: Regency
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1810-20
Width: 19.25 inches
Depth: 15.5 inches
Height: 18 inches (all at extremities)

The well-carved x-framed stool with turned stretcher with a naturally distressed black painted carcass having gilded highlights, with a newly upholstered seat in ivory damask the whole sitting on brass ball feet surviving from Regency period England.

The stool is presented in good sturdy condition with wonderful originality. The paintwork has not been meddled with and as such is very decorative. The upholstery is fresh and the webbing strong. The brass ball feet appear to be original.

X-framed chairs and stools were originally coffer maker’s chairs in the 15th century when the frames were covered with leather or fabric but there were variations on the X-framework. Stools supported by an X-shaped underframe were known and used in Egypt as early as 1350 B.C.

A large proportion of stools made in the Regency period that were x-framed were in rosewood so it is nice to see one with the original painted decoration which is much more scarce. There are a few twentieth century reproductions of this type around but it is hard to find one of the period with the original decoration.

The influences on Regency design and taste were legion; from Sheraton’s neoclassicism, Henry Holland’s Anglo-French taste, the Greek revival of Thomas Hope, and the Chinoiserie favoured by the Prince Regent, to an interest in the Gothic, Old English and rustic. The Regency attitude to interior decoration often involved treating each room as a unit with individual furnishings and wall decorations in harmony of theme or colour scheme.

A useable piece of scarce decorative Regency furniture.