This elegant stool comes from an historical Parisian palace. Commissioned by Catherine de Medici, building works for the Tuileries began as early as 1564 and Louis XIV resided there while Versailles was under construction. When he left, the building was virtually abandoned. During the French Revolution, revolutionaries forced Louis XVI and his family to live there under house arrest. When Napoleon I came to power he made the Tuileries his home. As the Emperors residence, the Tuileries were redecorated in the Empire Neoclassical style with the help of some of the best known architects, designers, and furniture makers of the day. Between 1802 and 1812, Pierrea François Léonard Fontaine and Charles Percier, two of the most fashionable architects of the day, redecorated the two palaces of the Louvre and the Tuileries, very large commissions being given to Parisian workshops. The Tuileries served as the royal residence after the Restauration until supporters of the Commune destroyed most of the palace in 1871.