Library Steps by Thomas Chippendale, mahogany with ormolu-mounted rosewood and marquetry of various exotic woods.
Made c1771 the Library Steps were en suite with the Library Writing Table, now at Temple Newsam. These steps have a mahogany carcass and are veneered in rosewood and inlaid with various exotic woods in the Neo-classical style. The Library Steps are not recorded in Chippendale’s bill, but it is known that his foreman outworker, William Reid, spent several days at Harewood “makeing covers for the Library Table & Stool”. The stool opens out to reveal a set of folding steps with a hand rest extension and the lower tread pulls forward by means of a tambour slide.