(With apologies to Ray Bradbury)
At the now (in)famous auction was one of the oddest pieces of furniture I have ever seen. It was (and still is) an Italian Shell Carved Swivel Stool:
From the catalog:
Description : 19th century, mahogany, the seat is carved in the form of a large scallop shell which is supported by three cabriole legs with paw feet, the whole raised on a shaped plinth.
It is just, to me, one of the most bizarre pieces of furniture I have seen in a while. And I see some odd stuff.
Then while visiting the Houmas House Plantation near New Orleans I saw this piano stool:
The age of the stool was unknown but was in service of a 1901 Steinway Baby Grand.
You just never know what you’re going to find…