Ireland, 1740



The rectangular stuff-over seat over carved deep apron
centering a mythical "Green Man" mask sided by scrolling acanthus leaves,
raised on four cabriole shell-headed legs with bell-flower dependents,
ending in ankles with each three bulging "fetlock" protrusions
over webbed ball and claw feet;

the webbed padded seat with glue blocks to the underneath

and covered in maize color cotton, ready for a covering of your choice


For a related stuff-over stool with carved apron and a central shell,
see Irish Furniture, Knight of Glin and James Peill, p. 219, pl. 59.

The "mythical mask", often referred to as "grotesque", was based on
the carved stone Celtic Green Man masks, so prevalent in Medieval churches.
It was a recurrent decorative device on 18th century Irish furniture,
often also taking animal form – the lion being another mask device.
The long horns on this example would have related to a "nature spirit", as Pan.


Condition : Excellent with marks and scratches appropriate to age and usage;

verso with old webbing, scrim and horsehair fill stuffing;

some glue blocks with re-enforcing attachment or re-glued;

two pads foot with an old repairs, and one foot with a small loss to the edge


15" High (The Frame), 16.5" to Crest, x 21" Long x 15.5" Deep


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George II Carved Mahogany Stool, Apron with Carved Green Man Mask, c1740 


George II Carved Mahogany Stool, Apron with Carved Green Man Mask, c1740 



Long Side, Detail with Celtic 'Green Man' Mask



End Detail with Shell and Acanthus Carving







Also See :


The English (and European) tradition of the stool is a long one – from peasant to nobility.

Chairs, even until the very late 17th century, were reserved for the head of household – or for Royalty.

There were strict rules in Court regarding seating, even on stools.

Click here (or the image below) for a short article on seating,

and the lost-and-found evolultion of the stool -

the oldest piece of furniture in the world.


















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George II Carved Mahogany Stool, Apron with Carved Green Man Mask, c1740 


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