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Title: 1965T6245 Gout Stool
Description: 1965T6245
Gout Stool, 1750-65
This mahogany adjustable seat on a tripod base was made in England around 1750-65. It is most likely that it was made as a special commission for an individual suffering from gout , a form of arthritis which results in swollen joints, particularly in the feet and legs making walking extremely painful and difficult.The construction is unusual as the curved ribs of the stool have been made from strips of mahogany which have been glued together to produce a laminate, "plywood" structure. In the 18th century this work would have been time consuming as each layer had to be cut and glued by hand. Objects made in this way, therefore, tended to be expensive and purchased by the gentry and wealthier patrons.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Birmingham Museums Trust/Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Pinto Collection
Social history
Health and Medicine
Usage Rights: Creative Commons 0 - Public Domain. Optional attribution: Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust, licensed under CC0
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Credit Line: Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.