A taboret (also spelled tabouret or tabourette) or stool refers to two different pieces of furniture: a cabinet or a stool.

1909 Octagonal tabouret of Arts and Crafts design[1]
1912 Square tabouret of craftsman design[2]
1917 Piano Bench and Taboret

17th-century stoolEdit

As a stool, it refers to a short stool without a back or arms. The name is derived from its resemblance to a drum (diminutive of Old French tabour).[3][4]

The tabouret acquired a more specialized meaning in 17th-century France at the court of Louis XIV in Versailles. Sitting in the presence of the royal family was a much coveted honor, and the tabouret was the way to do it. The court tabouret was an elaborate, upholstered stool with curved wooden legs and tassels, carried by a liveried and wigged servant. Duchesses were automatically granted the honor of sitting in front of the queen. In fact, this stool became such a symbol of privilege that when Louis XIV's mother, the Regent Anne of Austria, granted the tabouret to two non-duchesses, such a storm of protest was raised that she had to revoke the order.[5]

Arts and Crafts plant standEdit

In the context of the Arts and Crafts Movement, a taboret is a narrow and tall stand for a plant, lamp, ashtray, or a beverage.[6] Also a mission oak book stand shelf, or side table, or end table.[1][2][7]

Modern cabinetEdit

The current sense refers to graphic artists' task furniture, a wheeled, portable stand or cabinet, with drawers and shelves for storage, used to bring supplies to a work area.[8][9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Henry Haven Windsor Mission Furniture: How to Make It, Part 1
  2. ^ a b Henry Haven Windsor Mission Furniture: How to Make It, Part 3
  3. ^ "tabouret". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or participating institution membership required.)
  4. ^ wiktionary:tabouret
  5. ^ Herman, Eleanor (2004). Sex with Kings. New York: HarperCollins. pp. 140-141. ISBN 0-06-058543-9.
  6. ^ "Gustav Stickley Arts & Crafts Solid Oak Tabouret, Circa 1909". eBay. Archived from the original on 15 September 2021. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  7. ^ Wright, Frank Lloyd (15 September 2021). "tabouret (1908)". MutualArt. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Storage Compartment Added to Taboret Make It More Useful to Artists". Popular Mechanics. Popular Mechanics Co. December 1935. p. 956.
  9. ^ "PS/APA Panel Prize Projects". Popular Science. Los Angees: Times Mirror. August 1985. Artist's taboret Designed to keep art supplies handy near an easel