Anon sale, Sotheby's, Sussex, 14 November 1989, lot 1162 Acquired by John Adler The Adler Collection, Sotheby's, London, 13 September 2006, lot 14
S. W. Wolsey and R. W. P. Luff, Furniture in England, The Age of Joiner, London, 1968, illustrated pl. 89
When examining these rare, early boarded stools, the viewer is always acutely aware of the construction which is amongst the earliest of furniture forms. The offered lot demonstrates beautifully the skill of an early master joiner and a real sense of 'truth to material'. The buttress shaped trestles are of strong architectural figuration, Herbert Cesinsky in his seminal text, Early English Furniture and Woodwork, London, 1922, p.172, writes that the form these special pieces take is a 'full expression of the manner and constructive methods of the time'.
This lot has a sculptural feel and is of generous proportions. There is wear commensurate with age and use. The attractively patinated seat with old separations and chipping. The original apron friezes with old losses to borders consistent with the great age of this piece. Supports with old wear and partial re-tipping to one trestle end, there is also traces of old worm. The underside has an inked inventory number '22940' and there are interesting ogee arched motifs to the base of each end support "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."