One of a Set of Three Hassocks or Stools (en suite with 85.156.4 Ottoman) Neo-Classical style
On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
White pine, original silk upholstery
18 x 18 x 18 in. (45.7 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm)
Marked on bottom in ink script in two places: N8. Also possible remains of a museum accession number ending in .22, scratched out.
Gift of Richard H. Howland
Hassock or stool, white pine upholstered in silk, French silk. Cube-shaped wooden stool raised on four brass casters. Each side of the cube is covered with pleated red silk and bordered by woven red tape with pattern of gold rosettes and leaves at top and sides, tape along base is wider with gold rosettes, leaves and anthemion. Center of cushion has fine rosettes in gold and red damask. At each corner is a knot of red and gold silk cord from which originally depended tassels comprising a dome mold covered in red silk with gold trim, and with gold metallic spirals ending in red beads below. Bottom covered in brown cloth.
CONDITION: Overall condition, fair. All tassels missing. Cord missing on three corners. Silk on top much worn and split near center, edges of cushion threadbare. Silk on two sides of cube torn and scraped, one central pleat torn in two, bottom border tape unattached below. Some water damage in lower sections. Three pieces of trim put with correspondence file.
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