This is a rare version of the more commonly seen low stool with the infamous bare buttocks. Black lacquer on wood. Numbered: 44/2007.
Designed by Hans Harald Rath, 1966, and inspired by his designs of that same year for the chandeliers of the new Metropolitan Opera House, New York.
Plaster-filled Ostrich Egg, gathered from farm-raised Ostriches in France. Nature's most perfect object has been made more perfect, and possibly more useful, by making it heavier. Now it's nature's most perfect paperweight. Or doorstop. Or as the French would say presse-papier, or butée de porte. Bien.