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Arts of Europe

The MFAH collections of art created on the European continent encompass artistic styles across the time line of history, from the ancient world to the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern era to the 21st century.

Attributed to JOHN VARDY
English, 1718 - 1765
Stool, one of a pair
Limewood, gilt, and upholstery

17 x 26 1/2 x 22 inches

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Rienzi Collection
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III

Arts of Europe

This gilded stool was part of a suite made specifically for the spectacular Palm Room at Spencer House, the London home of the Spencers, the family of Diana, Princess of Wales.

An unusual and important design, the stool features stylized, highly carved palm motifs that reflect the decoration featured in teh Palm Room's interior.  John Vardy, one of the leading London architects of the eighteenth century, not only designed the Palladian-style house itself, but also much of Spencer House's furnishings and ground-floor interiors.