Very large scale French Fruitwood library steps, circa 1860; aged ceruse finish.
height: 96 in. 244 cm., width: 27 in. 68.5 cm., depth: 54 in. 137 cm.
Today, technology can leave one feeling rather cold. Technology––computers, phones, laptops & iPads do not compare to the feel of a good book in your hands. In the past, more affluent families maintained private libraries with innumerable books spanning floor-to-ceiling. Portable stairs afforded budding bibliophiles stable, steady, safe access to the upper reaches of library shelves without the need to clamor or hang-on. Library stairs, steps, and ladders illustrate the ingenuity of period craftsmen who combined form with function along with an appropriate aesthetic.