Stool (tabouret)

Unknownabout 1710 - 1720

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

This elaborately carved stool is part of a set of furniture consisting of two stools, two settees, and six armchairs. The set may have originally furnished the Paris house of the wealthy financier Pierre Crozat, Treasurer of France; an inventory taken after his death in 1740, describes a similar but larger suite of furniture.

When the Getty Museum acquired the stool, it had been stripped of its gilding and its original leather upholstery. Conservators replaced the gesso, the gilding, and the appliquéd leather with its cream and red silk ribbon, using the existing chairs, two of which are now in the Musée du Louvre, as a model.

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  • Title: Stool (tabouret)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: about 1710 - 1720
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 47 x 63.5 x 47.9 cm (18 1/2 x 25 x 18 7/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Gessoed and gilded walnut; modern leather upholstery
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Furniture
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.DA.970
  • Markings: Markings: Stamped "GHC" under each side rail. Label: The stool bears two paper labels, one glued to the inside of each siderail, printed with "From the David Zork Company / Exclusive Furniture and Decoration / 201-207 North Michigan Boulevard / Chicago, Illinois" and "781 Fifth Avenue / New York 10022 / (212) 752-1727". Each label is partially covered by a second, round label printed with "A La Vieille Russie".
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S105
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Decorative Arts