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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Two George III oak joined stools, the largest 53 cm high, 49 cm wide, 24 cm deep

A George II oak joined stool, 50 cm high, 38 cm wide, 35 cm deep

A good George III country oak Irish coffin stool, the two-plank top with thumb-moulded edge, the turned legs with lower stretchers, pegged construction. Showing good old wear. 51 cm x 34 cm x 53 cm

A Georgian style mahogany stool, late 19th century, the rectangular upholstered top raised on carved leaf capped scroll legs with ball and claw feet, 50 cm high, 54 x 47 cm

A painted and gilded stitched leather upholstered ottoman stool in the 18th century style, 54 cm high, 84 cm wide, 58 cm deep

A carved, giltwood rope ottoman stool, late 18th/early 19th century, 48 cm high, 55 cm diameter

A George III footstool opulently carved with claw and ball feet of generous proportion, 19th century. Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

A George III style oak joint stool. 57 cm high, 66 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A Dutch 18th century oak joynt stool with plank top on shaped end supports. 49 cm high, 55 cm wide, 25 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 George II style elongated foot stool upholstered in crushed velvet fabric

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.

A George III Chippendale style mahogany stool, English, circa 1760. 46.5 cm high, 60.5 cm wide, 49 cm deep. Provenance: Westbury Antiques, Melbourne

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 pair of gilt-wood stools, Italian, 18th century, upholstered in celadon green cut velvet, 47 cm high, 47 cm square. Provenance: John Dunn Antiques, Melbourne

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

18th century English oak jointed stool of pegged construction

18th century English oak jointed stool of pegged construction

Antique 18th century foot stool, original painted gesso decoration, standing on turned tapering legs, Ex Vaynol house

A good George I walnut stool. Rectangular form with tapestry upholstery on cabriole legs with carved shell terminating pad feet 43 cm high, 56 cm wide, 44 cm deep.

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

A Georgian mahogany stool, English, late 18th century. 47 cm high, 47 cm wide, 39 cm deep

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

Coronation foot stool used at Coronation of King George VI at Westminster Abbey

A Georgian foot stool 17th century, rectangular, raised on turned legs supported by cross stretchers, 46 x 46 x 25

A 19th century George II style Victorian mahogany stool of rectangular form on cabriole supports terminating on ball and claw feet. 48 cm deep 65 cm wide 47 cm high

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 good pair of George II style mahogany dressing stools, 48 x 69 x 64 cm

A Georgian period primitive circular pine country stool with dished top and three simple pegged legs. Diameter 36 cm. Height 35 cm

George IV mahogany cross stretcher based foot stool

A pair of George IV rosewood footstools, each re-upholstered above a moulded show-frame over carved lions paw feet, height 23 cm width 45 cm Depth 45 cm

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

George II walnut stool on acanthus moulded cabriole legs

George III mahogany stool with cabriole supports, raised shell decorations and ball and claw feet

18th century oak and elm provincial stool with outswept and turned supports

Two oak joint stools, 18th century, good patination with a later stretcher, 44 cm long, 49.5 cm high

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