Fireplace club fenders are ubiquitous in the UK but rarely make an appearance on this side of the pond. They originally came to popularity in the Edwardian era. Initially a purely functional means of providing additional seating in billiard rooms and libraries, they rapidly developed as an attractive piece of furniture, enhancing the drawing rooms of fashionable houses. They fell briefly out of fashion in the austerity that followed the second world war but have since undergone a revival. I think they're just great in a traditional or transitional setting. Let the revival continue!