A Charles I Oak Joint Stool
The single board top, secured by four oak pegs into the top rails, all of which have a curved or cushion profile, and are carved with lunettes filled with stylised leaves.
The legs are finely turned, with good detail, of an inverted baluster and a baluster over a ball. They are joined around the base by stretchers with run-moulded decoration, below the stretchers the ball-turned feet have survived.
The fine quality of workmanship and very much untouched condition would suggest this stool was made for a house of status, rather than a poorer dwelling.
English, Gloucester, circa 1635-1640.
Width 18 inches, depth 10 inches, height 23.5 inches (a good height for this period of stool).