A Classical Footstool

Boston, Massachusetts
Circa 1830

While this footstool is virtually identical to English models, this handsome piece was made by a cabinetmaker in Boston. George Smith’s 1826 influential pattern book, A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture, illustrates a footstool very similar to this piece. The sides are composed of large carved scrolls. The plinth is veneered in straight grained mahogany and rests on compressed ball feet. On the inside of the stool, there is a pencil inscription by an earlier owner or upholsterer which reads: Wallace Burke / Dedham / Mass.

Mahogany, (Secondary wood: pine)
Height: 8” Width: 13” Depth: 15”

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