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Germany, mid-18th century
Limewood, carved and gilt
H. 54 cm (21¼ in.), w. 47 cm (18½ in.), d. 42 cm (16½ in.)
Pair of beautifully carved rectangular tabourets. The four cabriole legs are decorated with rocaille and foliate motifs. The serpentine aprons are centered by two rocaille scrolls forming a heart-shaped cartouche.
Tabourets were always produced en suite with a set of seat furniture. Especially fauteuils and chairs without armrests, sometimes also settees, formed part of these garnitures. Seat furniture was staggered according to its rank. The fauteuil, with upholstered back- and armrests, was reserved for the host or special guests. Close family and high aristocracy were allowed to sit on chairs without armrests. Tabourets were provided for all other high ranked members of the household and some visitors. At court most people had to stand, not even being allowed to sit on stools.
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