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Stool

Maker:
Lockwood de Forest (American, New York 1850–1932 Santa Barbara, California)
Date:
1881
Geography:
Made in Kashmir, India
Culture:
American, made in India
Medium:
painted wood, original upholstery
Dimensions:
20 x 22 x 17 in. (50.8 x 55.9 x 43.2 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.484.1a–v
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 743
This stool exemplifies the fascination with exotic styles that characterizes the Aesthetic movement. De Forest’s personal love of such styles influenced him to collect artworks from and travel to locations such as India. His appreciation of the craftsmanship he observed in the workshops of Kashmir prompted him to open a workshop in Ahmedabad in 1881.
This rare stool is an excellent example of the marriage of Eastern technique and decoration with a form native to the West and intended for the Western marketplace. The stool’s legs are like those of Indian "charpoys" (four-footed beds). When in Kashmir, de Forest saw carved charpoy legs in the shape of ducks, which inspired him to have copies made and painted in the Kashimiri tradition, using gold leaf and overlaid floral patterns. At least two stools with these legs survived. Both have descended through the de Forest family.
Descent through de Forest family; to granddaughter, Lisa de Forest; to friend, Joyce Moody; Devin Moisan Auctioneers, New Hampshire, until 2010; Jacquelin Loewe Fowler; gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012
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