There are two distinct types of stools. The earliest is the simplest type of seat furniture probably devised by human beings, consisting of a short wooden bench standing either on four legs or sometimes a flat-shaped support at either end. The legs may be square or turned, and in primitive versions simply sticks cut from a tree. Round milking stools usually had only three short legs. The second more sophisticated type of stools, were constructed with a frame joined by mortice and tenon joints. Using this construction method, padded or upholstered stools for use in the drawing room have been made since the 17th century, following the trends in stylistic design over the years.
A Louis XVI style oak and cane stretcher based stool, early 20th century. the oval stool with a hole to hole cane top in a bullnose edged frame, with a channel and rib skirt and raised on fluted and tapering legs. Height 53 cm. Width 48 cm. Depth 37 cm
A walnut veneer Louis XV style upholstered stool, 19th century. the square serpentine stool with curvaceous legs with cast gilt bronze mounts, the stuffover seat upholstered in russet jacquard. Height 45 cm length 38 cm. Width 38 cm
An upholstered stool in the Louis XV manner, with a shaped square squab in a white flecked fabric, raised upon a rococo shaped frame with curvaceous legs with carved fruits and flora to scroll feet. Height 48 cm. Width 67 cm. Depth 67 cm
A pair of Louis XVI yellow painted stools, French, 18th century, upholstered in cotton printed chintz supported on elaborately carved cabriole legs. 46 cm high, 46 cm square. Provenance: Christie's 17/4/2013 lot 171, Private Collection from St Tropez
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