Early Victorian Oak & Velvet Upholstered Ottoman Foot Stool
For sale, an early Victorian Oak Ottoman Stool attributed to Smee & Son reupholstered in sumptuous charcoal velvet.
Ottoman’s in this form began to gain popularity in the early reign of Queen Victoria when Smee & Son released their catalogue “Designs for Furniture”. Following their success, the firm went on to exhibit at both the Great Exhibition in London of 1851 and the Paris International Exhibition of 1862.
With reference to earlier pattern books, the Ottoman had been popular in couch form based upon Turkish and Moorish influences. This stool represents a development of the style that remained in circulation right until the end of the century. More regularly referenced as hour glass footstools due to their form, the reference given by Smee & Son is “Ottoman Seat” (see picture).
The stool (or seat), has been professionally re-upholstered in charcoal velvet with sympathetic braiding and has an oak veneered base upon four turned bun feet.
Circa 1840 - 1850