- late 17th century
During the 16th century, walnut gradually replaced oak for finer furniture as evidenced by this walnut stool, since it was less apt to splinter and could be carved more easily. It also looked better, taking a rich polish like a patinaed bronze. Architectural in form, Renaissance furniture relied on relief ornamentation contained within a rectangular outline.
In furnishing their Riviera villa, Emery and Wendy Reves shunned the vogue for 18th century French decoration. Instead, they mostly collected late Renaissance and Baroque pieces made in the Mediterranean area and the Low Countries.
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 154.