Pair of British Colonial Ebony StoolsMid 19th century
A pair of striking British colonial stools in ebony. The stool frame reaches out and curls at the ends, creating elegant scrolls. The centre panel and sabre legs with carved floral motifs. The seats have been recently hand re-caned in a pattern typical to the colonial style.
Ebony has long been prized for its dense hardness, which lends itself for beautiful carving and a smooth finish after being polished. It is considered the aristocrat of hardwoods and is native to southern India and Sri Lanka. Ebony has always been a luxury wood and was so popular in 17th century France, that “ebenistes” is still the French word for cabinet maker. Furniture pieces of lesser woods were often “ebonized” (painted black) to make them look as if made of ebony.
The chairs are in good condition and have been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing. Ebony is a rare, expensive black wood of very close grain and is heavy in weight.
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British colonial India
H: 66 cm Seat H: 39 cm W: 81 cm D: 47 cm
H: 26” Seat H: 15½” W: 32” D: 18 ½”