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Antique Cobalt Blue Garden Stool
Item No. 16780

19th Century, N/A, China
18.75" x 0" x 0"
( 47.625 x 0 x 0 cm)
(H x W x D)

This garden stool, a modified form of a drum, was made for placement in the garden of a wealthy family, as cobalt, a highly prized mineral, was normally used only for the most precious of objects. It is decorated with quatrefoil panels on four sides, with pierced work designs of florals and geometric motifs. As well as being extremely decorative, the openings on the sides of the stool make it a comfortable seat in the summer heat.

The garden stool in the form of a drum is part of traditional Chinese furnishings. As early as 1000 AD, such stools were used in gardens throughout China. The Chinese garden was greatly appreciated by scholar-officials and literati as a refuge for solace and contemplation and at times for less formal gatherings. Thus, stools came to be regarded as a source of utilitarian beauty, serenity, and artistic form for the upper classes in China. . Stools of this kind were fashioned in various materials, including wood, lacquer, and in this example, ceramic and often reflected the wealth of owner of the garden. Early paintings depict figures using outdoor furniture, the garden stools playing center role.


Lipton, William, "The Wondrous an Amenable Chinese Stool," New York, Red Leaf Press, 2000.

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