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 velvet covered foot stool, late 19th to early 20th century, with maker's plaque of W.H. Rocke & Co, Melbourne, the circular cushion stool with a gilded timber base with a rope twist embellishment and raised on three brass lion's paw feet, uph
A walnut veneer Louis XV style upholstered stool, 19th century. the square serpentine stool with curvaceous legs with cast gilt bronze mounts, the stuffover seat upholstered in russet jacquard. Height 45 cm length 38 cm. Width 38 cm
A pair of grand neoclassical-style giltwood stools, rectangular, each with an upholstered cut-velvet seat and plain frieze raised on X-form supports with stretchers, the supports richly decorated throughout in relief with acanthus and classical motifs. Hei
A Regency period faux rosewood and gilt decorated piano stool, the square green velvet over stuffed seat with a Greek key decorated frieze, supported on a revolving column with three splayed legs with anthemion and bell flowers decoration, terminating in g
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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