This antique French stool frame, known as a curule or savonarola, is made of bleached oak and is ready for a leather/fabric upholstery of your choice. First seen in ancient Rome, a curule is a small chair designed to be easily transported by folding the legs. Although our bleached curule bench is not collapsable, it was crafted with the same curvaceous X-shaped stretcher (ours has canted edges) seen on most curule.
Hand-carved from oak wood in circa 1920 France, this handsome chair frame features lion head mascarons and large iron rings. The original seat material would have been wrapped around the horizontal baluster form stretchers that connect beneath the lion heads. Each iron ring hangs in the mouth of the lion and is embellished with braided leather tassels. There are three more stretchers with identical turned balusters, two near the base and one in the center that is adorned on the outside with a floret carving.
Only the magistrates of ancient Rome were allowed to sit upon a curule. The cachet of being a status symbol for political or military leaders continued well into the 20th century, often used by European royalty and emperors, such as Napoleon. Most curule had leather seats, as the material was pliable enough to be folded during transport. This attractive bleached oak curule from France is ready to be upholstered in any leather or cotton fabric of your choice.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor nicks and rubs and minor wear. Light losses to the lion ears.