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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Footstool: Australian blackwood with cabriole legs & tapestry seat. Height 46 cm, width 43 cm, depth 43 cm

A fine Georgian Ottoman, with shaped apron and cabriole legs with pad foot upholstered in 19th century paisley fabric. Provenance: St David's Cathedral, Hobart

A George II style mahogany footstool, by Rocke & Co., late 19th century, the rectangular upholstered seat resting on carved mask head knees with cabriole legs terminating in elaborate lion paw feet printed paper label to the base W. M. Rocke & Co. Pty. Ltd

A carved blackwood footstool, circa 1875, with original beadwork upholstery over a swag carved apron to cabriole carved legs. Height 22 cm. Width 128 cm. Depth 24 cm