A very large, finely carved and well drawn Mahogany double sided cross framed Stool derived from published designs of George Smith dated 1808. Mounted with gilt bronze anthemion and standing on four original substantial brass castors.
Cross framed stools derived from Classical forms were popularised in the early 19th Century by the designs of Thomas Hope and George Smith inter alia. Whilst stools of this form are often described as 'Window Seats', in his 'Household Furniture' of 1808 George Smith referred to his design for a double stool as a 'tête-à-tête' to be placed in the centre of a room as an adjunct to a formal suite of seat furniture. The inimitable Margaret Jourdain in 'Regency Furniture' wrote 'the many and various cross framed stools are particularly graceful'.