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Details & Cataloguing

A Private View: Property from the Country Home of Christopher Cone and Stanley J. Seeger

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England, 16th century
HENRY VIII LARGE BOARDED STOOL
the top branded in two places WS and with later initials RB
oak
69.5 by 81.5 by 31cm., 27¼ by 31¾ by 12in.
Made in the second quarter of the 16th century.
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Provenance

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

Literature

S. W. Wolsey and R. W. P. Luff, Furniture in England, The Age of Joiner, London, 1968, illustrated pl. 89

Catalogue Note

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'.

A Private View: Property from the Country Home of Christopher Cone and Stanley J. Seeger

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London