Stool, carved and painted beechwood, with upholstered seat, Paris, Louis XV about 1750
Height: 45 cm maximum, Height: 40 cm to top of front leg (felt underneath the upholstery), Width: 53 cm maximum, at knees of legs, Width: 52 cm at top of front feet, Depth: 38 cm maximum, at knees of legs, Depth: 36.5 cm at top of feet
Louis XV stool, carved and painted beech. Modern blue silk cover with metal-thread braid. Possibly original hemp(?) plain-weave webbing in an open lattice supporting a linen or hemp base cloth, modern foam filling (instead of stuffing).
When the Museum acquired this stool in 1862, it was painted white with gilt decoration and upholstered with a 19th-century silk dress material. White and gold decoration was thought at that time to be typical of 18th-century French furniture, but in fact very little French seating furniture was gilded in the 18th century. Underneath the 19th-century surface are the remains of dark and pale blue paint, which was probably the original decoration. In the 1970s the stool was repainted in these colours, and also reupholstered with its present blue silk cover.