Learn about Stools

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.

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French Louis XV style walnut stool, with hand caned seat, 98 cm x 41 cm, 50 cm high

A French Louis XVI style walnut upholstered dressing stool. 52 cm high, 66 cm wide, 41 cm deep.

A French tapestry covered walnut stool, with cabriole legs, the tapestry with Griffin emblems, 101 cm width

A pair of French early 19th century fruitwood stools, each with upholstered top on flared turned legs, with H stretcher, 49 cm high.

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

A Louis XV style carved giltwood X stretcher ottoman stool, French, 20th century, 62 cm high, 76 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A French rustic farmhouse stool with sycamore top, 19th century, 47 cm high, 35 cm wide

French giltwood piano duet stool, with floral satin pink and cream upholstery. Width 90 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 Louis XVI style oak upholstered stool. 48 cm high

A pair of small French foot stools, oval with gros point tapestry upholstery, the walnut frames raised on small cabriole legs.

A small French foot stool, with moulded fruiting vine to the frieze, raised on small splay legs, later tapestry upholstered.

Vintage French faux bamboo stool, approx 13 cm high, 30 cm long, 23 cm deep

A French Louis XVI style walnut and cane seated stool. 46 cm high, 70 cm wide, 33 cm deep.

A pair of French stag antler and hide circular stools. 50 cm high

A pair of teal velvet painted and carved rounded rectangular dressing stools, French, circa 1900

An unusual giltwood and barley twist four legged oval stool, French, circa 1860. 42 cm high, 52 cm wide, 44 cm deep.

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

A small walnut barley twist footstool, French, 18th century, covered in tapestry, 36 cm high, 50 cm wide and 38 cm deep. Provenance: John Dunn Antiques, Melbourne

A rectangular stool with double 'C' scroll ends and turned stretcher upholstered in Fortuny silk fabric, French, 19th century. 44 cm high, 93 cm wide and 50 cm deep

Bedroom window stool, with painted Louis legs approx 55 cm high, 126 cm wide

Pair of chrome stools, French c. 1960 with velvet upholstered cushion seat (2). Height 51 cm. Width 58 cm. Depth 45 cm

Antique French mid 19th century ebonized leg, circular stool, with needle work upholstery

Pair of antique French Louis XV style carved walnut foot stools, with gilt painted line decoration (2)

Antique French walnut x frame stool, with needle work upholstered top

French Louis XVI style gilt stool with red upholstery, approx 48 cm high, 88 cm wide

Victorian stool, raised on cabriole legs recovered in green velour together with a French tapestry panel

A rare pair of eighteenth century walnut stools, French, circa 1710 with tapestry seats. 42 cm high, 61 cm wide

A finely carved French gilt wood foot stool with sprung drop in seat upholstered in silk