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Shop Announcement:

Banks Mill Studios are celebrating their 20th anniversary!
In the run up to this year's Banks Mill Open Studios, 22-24 November 2019, I'm offering a 20% discount to any Folksy buyer who makes a purchase from my ARt ChaiRs shop and comes to the studio to collect the item/s.
Use code OPEN20
For more information about Banks Mill Open Studios and the many artists and crafts people taking part see:

Gatekeeper Stool

Gatekeeper Stool
£285.00 1 Available
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Stool with 'claw and ball' feet
dating from around 1940
newly re-upholstered in wool-mix fabric with appliqué
the brightly patterned velvet in the lettering and piping is a Ralph Lauren design

Height max 42cm, width 56cm, depth max 46cm, (average seat height)

A small sample of the fabric can be sent for colour-matching.

Please contact me regarding delivery.
The delivery charges I have quoted in the postage section are estimates. If courier charges are less than I have quoted then I will refund the difference to you.
You are very welcome to visit the studio (by appointment) and see the chairs and stools before making a purchase from me.
You are also welcome to collect your purchase from the studio, again, by appointment.
If you live within c 45 miles of DE1 I may be able to deliver the item myself at a reduced delivery charge.


I’d never looked up why furniture has 'claw and ball' feet until I bought this stool. It turns out that English furniture-makers took the idea from the Chinese motif of the protective dragon, (the emperor), holding the crystal of wisdom. (I also read that it could be a mythical heron tending her young: she holds a stone so that if she falls asleep, the stone drops into the water and wakes her).

I’ve gone with the dragon tale here. I can just see this stool sitting in a hall, and through the power of appliqué alone, it would protect everyone within and frighten off all without.

Shipping & delivery

This item will be posted to you by SaRah SkinneR ARt ChaiRs within 7 days of receiving payment.

Shipping destination Cost Additional items
United Kingdom £60.00

Returns Policy

You have 14 days, from receipt, to notify the seller if you wish to cancel your order or exchange an item.

Unless faulty, the following types of items are non-refundable: items that are personalised, bespoke or made-to-order to your specific requirements; items which deteriorate quickly (e.g. food), personal items sold with a hygiene seal (cosmetics, underwear) in instances where the seal is broken.

Additional terms

Due to the high costs of transporting bulky but sometimes fragile furniture, returns are accepted if courier costs are covered by the buyer.

Read the Folksy Returns Policy.