These stools form part of the extremely grand early 18th-century bedroom suite that has been at Warwick Castle since at least 1807.
Pair of stools by Unknown Artist, c. 1705
© V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)
- Beech, velvet & silk
- 62 x 66 x 48 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £125,000 ( Total: £337,250; Export stopped)
- Acquired in:
The suite was reputedly made for Queen Anne and undoubtedly made for an exceptionally grand probably state bedroom. The stools are upholstered with a high lip on all four sides to hold a square cushion. The highly accomplished upholstery is particularly interesting as this form was unknown until the appearance of these pieces and it casts new light on the operations of the London upholstery trade. These works were acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.
Inventoried at Warwick Castle from 1809; Merlin Entertainments Group, circa 1978; Sotheby's.