The form of this stool has been heavily influenced by a design in Thomas Hope's Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807, pl. 12, no. 4. Hope's design, which is derived from a model `reserved for the use of the highest officials in Ancient Rome', is of similar 'X' frame form, differentiated only by lion paw feet.
Re-decorated and re-gilt but in reasonable condition. One arm rest rail is loose and might benefit from professional attention. The seat upholstery with some dark marks which may benefit from a professional clean, also with two small vertical splits. With losses to gilding and painted ebony commensurate with age and use. Old worm damage to feet which is apparently no longer active.
Dimensions: 72cm. high, 80cm. wide, 40cm. deep; the seat: 44cm. high. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."