March, 2014 ~ What is it?
Could this be a vase of some sort for flowers? A cooking pot? A wine cooler?
No. Actually, it's a pan for a closet stool chair, which was an upholstered easy chair or an armchair, with a hole in the seat, and a pan attached to the underside. Someone who was sickly, or elderly, could use this convenience instead of a chamber pot or going outside in the middle of the night. Fielding Lewis' probate inventory lists this type of chair on the second floor of Kenmore, along with several other items indicating that a sick room might have been set up, perhaps for Fielding Lewis, who was in extremely poor health in his final months.
The closet stool chair shown here is in the collection of the George Washington Foundation.
Those interested in colonial furnishings may want to attend The
Science of History:
Reinterpreting Historic Houses in the 21st Century - A Symposium at Historic Kenmore on Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Read more...