The Stool.

The stool is simple in invoices and followed the styles and ornamentation of his time.

Seat backless stool is now considered evil. Yet if we study its history, appears as a stool furniture worthy of the greatest interest. This is confirmed by the results of the auctions …
The stool appears at the end of the Middle Ages. Originally, it differs from the rectangular petition by its circular shape, which give it its name. Indeed the term “stool” comes from the term “tabur” which refers to the time an instrument circular drum.

This siege took over time many forms. For practical reasons, it was sometimes placed in the corner of the room.

This stool said “In corner” then has a right angle.
For hygiene everyday, some stools have a bowl used for necessities. We speak of stools called
“Ease” or “convenience.”
The cabinet has sometimes been perfected to the extreme. Napoleon had in his large library filled with leather stools can unfold to form a ladder.

The stool is a seat in its history which was mainly used by women. Nicot in 1606 defines it as “a little low seat embourré and covered with tapestry or other poinct estoffe or women lieutenants assient their caquetoire pheasants or their works.”
The term stool may designate the person who has the right to sit there. “Sir said the princess to kiss people she had, that is to say, blood princes and princesses, dukes and duchesses and other stools” (Extract from the memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simon (1675-1755) ).
It should be recalled that under the Old Regime everyone’s Environment king or queen could not sit on it. The stool is a seat reserved for an elite. Under Louis XIV, the seat that is given to princesses or duchesses to the queen.


Sign of high social status, the stool is a seat so coveted. To attend the dinner of the King and Queen and entitled to the stool, some people did play their relationship. “D’Argenson asked the stool for his wife and obtained, this is the first that has had as wife a Keeper”

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