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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An Australian pine sphinx carved piano stool. 69 cm high, 66 cm wide, 30 cm deep

A rare Tasmanian Colonial period blackwood and cedar footstool in Gothic revival taste with cut velvet upholstery, circa 1850. 15 x 33 x 30 cm.

An Australian revolving piano stool, late 19th century. 52 cm high

An Australian Colonial cedar footstool, circular, with turned feet. Diameter 26 cm

A pair of Australian Colonial cedar footstools, each rectangular with wool needlework top, on turned legs. Width each 31 cm

An Australian Colonial cedar footstool, with foliate wool needlework top. Width 37 cm

A cedar bank tellers stool, Australian, circa 1860, 66 cm high, 37 cm wide, 29 cm deep

An early cedar stool, Australian, first half 19th century, 72 cm high, 42 cm wide, 29 cm deep

An antique cedar prayer stool. Provenance: Acquired from the Abbey Auction by Mason Gray Strange 1988

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

An Australian square stool, 19th century. 79 cm high, 30 cm square

An Australian cedar and upholstered x-frame stool, circa 1850, the square cushion above a plain cedar frame, raise on conforming x-frames joined by a turned stretcher, 50 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 50 cm high (19.5 wide, 19.5 deep, 19.5 high)

An Australian cedar revolving piano stool, circa 1835, the circular rotating needlepoint seat with floral band above a turned and lotus leaf carved column and collar on a triform platform, raised on lion's paw feet;. Height 55 cm

A set of Colonial teak and brass folding library steps with leather inlaid in steps 82 cm high

A finely carved cedar revolving piano stool Australian, circa 1840 48 x 33 cm Untouched patina

An Australian silky oak carved and revolving piano stool - 19th century

Cedar stool with a tapestry upholstered top, four turned legs, a ring stretcher an a maker's stamp for 'E. Bradley Melbourne'