16C Carved Spanish Oak Stool

16C Carved Spanish Oak Stool.

16C Carved Spanish Oak Stool



This Stool is part of the Lida Calvert Hall/Obenchain/Godwin/McMillan Collection......formerly of Highland Park, Dallas, TX.


It was purchased by a Scotta Godwin/Obenchain from a French Antique Auction held at the Club Room in the Stoneligh Court (Hotel), Dallas on Wednesday the 2nd April 1930. (Now The Meridian Hotel).

We have the Original Auction Catalog which has remained with the Commode since it was acquired at that Auction (along with other pieces in the Calvert Hall-Obenchain Collection on our Site).

The Auction was titled: " Works of Art and Furnishings of The Chateau de Turique (Nancy) and The Conde-Rougemont Home (Touraine). The cover of the Catalog also has a seal of a Coat of Arms.

The first page of the Catalog States: "Exhibition on Wednesday, April 2nd And Following Days From 10 A.M. to 10 P.M......EXHIBITION at CLUB ROOM, STONELIGH COURT, DALLAS, TEXAS".

The Second page gives a brief description of the Auction contents and states that " This Exhibition will be presented by M. Fernand M. Adda of Paris France"

The Stool was Lot No: 401 and was described in the Auction Catalog as:

"Carved Oak Stool...... Renaissance...Molded Frieze.




Habsburg Spain refers to the history of Spain over the 16th and 17th centuries (1516–1700), when it was ruled by kings from the House of Habsburg (also associated with its role in the history of Central Europe). The Habsburg rulers (chiefly Charles I and Philip II) reached the zenith of their influence and power. They controlled territory that included the Americas, the East Indies, the Low Countries and territories now in France and Germany in Europe, the Portuguese Empire from 1580 to 1640, and various other territories such as small enclaves like Ceuta and Oran in North Africa. This period of Spanish history has also been referred to as the "Age of Expansion".

Under the Habsburgs, Spain dominated Europe politically and militarily for much of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries but experienced a gradual decline of influence in the second half of the seventeenth century under the later Habsburg kings.[citation needed]

The Habsburg years also ushered in the Spanish Golden Age of cultural efflorescence. Among the most outstanding figures of this period were Teresa of Ávila, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Miguel de Cervantes, El Greco, Domingo de Soto, Francisco Suárez, Diego Velázquez, and Francisco de Vitoria.

Arms of Charles I, representing his territories in Spain (top) and his other European possessions (bottom)

"Spain" or "the Spains" in this period covered the entire peninsula, politically a confederacy comprising several, nominally independent kingdoms in personal union: Aragon, Castile, León, Navarre and, from 1580, Portugal. In some cases, these individual kingdoms themselves were confederations, most notably, the Crown of Aragon (Principality of Catalonia, Kingdom of Aragon, Kingdom of Valencia, and the Kingdom of Majorca).

The marriage of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon in 1469 had enabled the union two of the greatest of these kingdoms, Castile and Aragon, which led to their largely successful campaign against the Moors, peaking at the conquest of Granada in 1492.

Isabella and Ferdinand were bestowed the title of Most Catholic Monarchs by Pope Alexander VI in 1496, and the term Monarchia Catholica (Catholic Monarchy, Modern Spanish: Monarquía Católica) remained in use for the monarchy under the Spanish Habsburgs. The Habsburg period is formative of the notion of "Spain" in the sense that was institutionalized in the 18th century. From the 17th century, during and after the end of the Iberian Union, the Habsburg monarchy in Spain was also known as "Spanish Monarchy" or "Monarchy of Spain", along with the common form Kingdom of Spain.

Spain as a unified state came into being de jure only after the death in 1700 of Charles II and with it the extinction of the Spanish Habsburg dynasty, and the ascension of Philip V and the inauguration of the Bourbon dynasty and its central reforms, comparable to those in France.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habsburg_Spain



We are of the OPINION that this stool was originally constructed in the 16th Century in Spain.


CONDITION: Very good ORIGINAL condition. Constructed using wooden pegs (see photos). Some minor 'cracks' and 'knicks'...but what would you expect from a 400 year old piece!!




16C Carved Spanish Oak Stool

Provenance: This Desk/Cabinet is part of the Lida Calvert Hall/Obenchain/Godwin/McMillan Collection......formerly of Highland Park, Dallas, TX.

Calvert Hall,Obenchain,McMillan,Godwin Introduction PDF

Condition: See above. It is missing a drawer on the base section underneath the writing slope.

Dimensions: 18.75" high, 17" wide, 10.75" deep.

Price: $1,950.00. Sale Price Now: $1,499.00

16C Carved Spanish Oak Stool