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 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 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 Regency mahogany and brass inlaid footstool in the manner of George Smith, with grape and vine carving and ebonised and brass inlaid rosettes, on cast gilt metal shell feet. Width 43 cm. Depth 26 cm, 22 cm in diameter. Width 43 cm. Depth 26 cm, 22 cm in
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