This antique Victorian period fireplace footman or stool has a rectangular top above a deep serpentine apron, flanked by turned side bail handles. It is raised on cabriole legs and snake feet at the front; with straight, turned legs at the rear. Also known as a fireplace trivet, a variation of this piece could be found on every British hearth. These serve as trivets for the proverbial tea kettle and sometimes as low seats next to the fire.
Queen Victoria (1837-1901) | Mid 19th century
Width 17 Depth 16 Height 13.5 inches
Note: (1) finial missing.