A pair of black japanned stools, late 17th Century.

The padded oblong seats above ogee legs, each connected by down-scrolled stretchers painted with chinoiserie headed by an earl’s coronet.

The legs connected by a turned H-stretcher, 55cm wide.

The 1738 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Lady Exeter’s Closet … 2 Stools, japan’d frames, covered with the same as the hangings’.

The Lady Exeter referred to was Hannah Sophia, wife of Brownlow, 8th Earl of Exeter (1701-1754).


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