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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A Louis XVI style oak upholstered stool. 48 cm high

An oak two tier stool. 66 cm high, 40 cm wide, 30 cm deep

An early 19th century oak coffin stool. Height 45 cm. Length 50 cm. Depth 34 cm

17th century style oak joint stool traditional form with oblong top, tapering legs and plain stretchers

Mid 17th century oak joint/joint stool with square top on fluted baluster legs, block feet joined by plain stretchers

A Dutch 18th century oak joynt stool with plank top on shaped end supports. 49 cm high, 55 cm wide, 25 cm deep.

A late 17th century oak joint stool, circa 1690 the plank top with moulded edge over carved frieze, raised on turned legs united by stretchers 57 cm high. 46 cm wide, 30 cm deep

Georgian oak joint stool, mid 18th century, with slender ballaster turned legs. Pegged joints, 46 by 29 cm, height 45 cm

Georgian oak joint stool with turned cabriole legs, 47 by 27 cm, 58 cm high

A pair of English oak footstools with upholstered circular tops. Diameter 33 cm

A George III oak joined stool raised on turned legs supported by cross stretchers, 46 x 46 x 25

Antique carved oak peg jointed stool, late 17th to early 18th century. Height 40 cm.

Three antique tabarettes in carved oak, two antique pipe stands and a rush seated stool (6 items).

A Victorian walnut piano stool, 19th century, the circular stool of adjustable height with a padded seat upholstered in tan velvet above a knopped and oak leaf and scroll carved pedestal with three curvaceous legs terminating in scroll feet; bearing a Brit

English oak stool, Labelled for Birchcraft High Wycombe, approx 45 cm high, 60 cm wide

Vintage English oak stool, fitted with a drawer, approx 40 cm high, 46 cm wide

An oak rectangular stool supported on fluted legs and stretcher base, 52 cm high, 62 cm wide, 28 cm deep

A pair of small oak stools, 49 cm high, 45 cm wide and 27 cm deep

An antique 17th century style oak footstool, covered in green and red tartan fabric, 45 cm high, 40 cm wide. Provenance: John Dunn Antiques, Melbourne

18th century English oak jointed stool of pegged construction

18th century English oak jointed stool of pegged construction

Antique English oak joint stool, approx 49 cm high, 39 cm wide, 26 cm depth

Two 17th century style oak joint stools, 42 cm high and 47 cm high

A good George III country style oak stool of long rectangular form, thumb moulded edge, splayed turned legs on stretcher base, good dark colour and patina. 83 x 29 x 45 cm

Louis IXVI style carved oak stool, French 19th century shaped stretcher base with upholstered seat. Height 45 cm width 52 cm depth 52 cm. Provenance: Ros Palmer Interiors, Woollahra

A pair of oak heart shaped stools, French, circa 1900. 38 cm high, 27 cm wide

A pair of triangular form oak stools, French, circa 1900, 43 cm high, 52 cm wide

A vintage oak stool, with tapestry seat worked with the British Coat of Arms raised on turned legs and stretcher base. 46 x 46 x 46 cm

An oak Edwardian organ stool with carved end stool. 59 cm high, 74 cm wide 36 deep.

An oak joint stool of traditional form, with turned legs and shaped stretches. Height 53.5 cm. Width 45 cm. Depth 26 cm

A turned oak joint stool, 17th century 57 x 43 x 29 cm

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