Since inventing the folded Curule Seat in ancient Rome, its form has been revisited over and over again throughout the history of furniture design. As the Curule evoked a symbol of power and imperial imagery in ancient Rome, monarchs, kings, and emperors in later years tended to associate its form with political power. The Curule was particularly popular during the 15th century and can be regularly seen in Renaissance paintings. It celebrated a revival during the neoclassical movement, which was fueled by the discovery of Pompeii and Herculanium in the late 18th and early 19th century and was particularly favored by Napoleon for its imperial Roman connotations. Thomas Sheraton, the British tastemaker illustrated various examples in his best-seller publication ‘T.’ The most widely-known example of the 20th century was created by Mies van der Rohe as a throne seats in his German Pavillion in the 1929 Exposition in Barcelona, meant to provide seating for the King and Queen of Spain upon their visit to the Pavilion; it reached its fame when Knoll began producing the chair in the 50s. From those designing Curule Chairs today, I have selected the stools by Carol Egan (for Maison Gerard) which I love in both polished bronze and wood (above and below).