Club foot (furniture)

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A Windsor Georgian Double Bow chair with pad-footed cabriole legs at the front. The back legs are plain.

A club foot is a type of rounded foot for a piece of furniture, such as the end of a chair leg.[1][2] It is also known by the alternative names pad foot[3][4][5] and Dutch foot,[4][5] the latter sometimes corrupted into duck foot.[6]

Such feet are rounded flat pads or disks at the end of furniture legs. Pad feet were regularly used on cabriole legs during the 18th century.[7][8] They can be found on tables, chairs, and some early sofas.

Pad feet were first seen in the French and Italian Renaissance periods and have been widely used ever since.[citation needed] Pad feet can still be seen on some classical furniture.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ John Gloag (2009). "club foot". A Short Dictionary of Furniture. READ BOOKS. p. 190. ISBN 978-1-4446-2040-5. 
  2. ^ John Gloag (2009). "foot". A Short Dictionary of Furniture. READ BOOKS. p. 259. ISBN 978-1-4446-2040-5. 
  3. ^ John Gloag (2009). "pad foot". A Short Dictionary of Furniture. READ BOOKS. p. 348. ISBN 978-1-4446-2040-5. 
  4. ^ a b Ethel H. Bjerkoe (1997). "Dutch foot". The Cabinetmakers of America. Schiffer Pub Ltd. pp. 266, 268. 
  5. ^ a b Carl William Drepperd (1980). The primer of American antiques. Gramercy Pub. Co. p. 221. ISBN 9780517309926. 
  6. ^ L. G. G. Ramsey (1961). "Duck foot". The concise encyclopedia of antiques. 1. Hawthorn Books. p. 61. 
  7. ^ Bird, Lonnie (2003). Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Period Furniture Details. Taunton Press. p. 44. ISBN 1-56158-590-4. The pad foot was the most common form of foot used on 18th-century cabriole legs 
  8. ^ It used the hoof foot in many places, and also the pad foot (most popular in present-day cabriole legs) ... Sparkes, Ivan G. (1981). English Windsor Chairs. Shire publications. p. 7. ISBN 0-85263-562-1. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Lonnie Bird (2003). "Feet". Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Period Furniture Details. Taunton Press. pp. 42 et seq. ISBN 978-1-56158-590-8. 
  • Joseph Aronson (1967). "pad foot". The new encyclopedia of furniture. Crown Publishers.