This piece was so well packaged that our contractor could barely get it out of the box. It is absolutely beautiful. The top of the seat lifts up for easy storage. It also has a drawer at the bottom for more storage. I use it as a seat at a vanity table in our bathroom. It is comfortable and just the right height. The fabric isn't the best in the world, and I imagine that I will want to replace it in a couple of years. But it looks wonderful. The carvings are typical and distinct. It suits my taste. I enjoy beautiful carved furniture of any era. For me this one gets an A+ in spite of the fact that I am less than pleased with the fabric.