Stool Maker: Unknown


American Decorative Arts

Footstools were a common element in late Federal-era parlors. Although most curule furniture was made in New York City, the origins of this stool—one of a pair—has been ascribed to Salem, Massachusetts, based on the carving of the leaves and the reeded urn turning on the stool's medial stretcher. British architect Thomas Hope illustrated stools of this type, but the form is also closely related to French sources, notably those published by designer Pierre de la Mésangère.


Mahogany; seat rails, American ash


15 1/4 × 19 1/4 × 15 9/16 in. (38.7 × 48.9 × 39.5 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number



19th century


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Frank McCarthy, Longmeadow, Mass.; Francis P. Garvan, New York, (1929); The Mabel Brady Garvan Collection.
  • Jock Reynolds, "Director's Report," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004), 13, ill
  • Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 216-17, no. 201, ill
  • Nancy A. McClelland, Duncan Phyfe and the English Regency, 1795–1830 (New York: William Scott, 1935), 94, pl. 85
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