A Footstool after a design by William Kent

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Object Description

Of ‘X’ frame form, the four swept legs, terminating in ‘Hairy Paw’ feet issue from central scallop shells, and are carved with imbrications have a conjoining turned and tapering stretcher, in a silvered finish. The upholstery is modern.
Circa 1900

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William Kent (c.1685-1748)

William Kent (1685-1748) was the leading architect and designer of early Georgian Britain. A polymath, he turned his hand from painting to designing sculpture, architecture, interior decoration, furniture, metalwork, book illustration, theatrical design, costume and landscape gardens. His life coincided with a major turning point in British history-the accession of the new Hanoverian Royal Family. A proponent of the works of Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), who gave his name to the ‘Neo-Palladian’ style, best exemplified in Chiswick House London, a commission for Lord Burlington; the house, interior decoration, furniture, and garden landscaping, incorporating the Bollo Brook, which runs into the Thames, are set in a 65 acre grounds, replete with a cascade, obelisks and Doric Temple were conceived and executed under the supervision of Mr Kent.

‘Designing Georgian Britain’, published by the Yale University Press, 2014 shows stools of very similar form on pp 480/1.

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