Melon Form Marble Stool

c. 1800
$3,680 USD SOLD
H: 15.5" Dia: 19.5"
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This strikingly handsome seat was carved in China’s Shanxi province out of a piece of solid marble. It is shaped like a melon, which is an ancient Chinese symbol of perpetuity. 150 years ago, a Qing dynasty matron would have used this stool to rest her feet. Stone stools were generally placed along paths, or nestled among the trees and flowers in traditional Chinese gardens. We enjoy them as small side tables indoors or out. Since hand carved, each stool varies slightly.

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