This footstool descended in the family of Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter, with a history of having served as a seat to Mrs. Washington’s French writing desk. One of her descendants, Britannia Wellington Peter Kennon, added the current leather slip-seat in the nineteenth century. Tack holes in the upper part of the seat frame suggest that it was originally upholstered half-over-the-rail. It likely had an upholstered pillow or squab set on top of it to provide additional comfort. More

Date

1800-1815


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany (primary), pine (slip-seat), leather


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 12 in. x 23 in. x 23 in. (30.48 cm x 58.42 cm x 58.42 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1939


Marks

Inscribed on the inside of one seat rail which joins the leg with the object number plaque: “17”.

Inscribed on the inside of one seat rail which joins the leg with the object number plaque: “X”.

Inscribed on the inside of the leg with the object number plaque, at the level of the seat frame: “X”.


Object Number

W-731


Colors


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