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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French giltwood piano duet stool, with floral satin pink and cream upholstery. Width 90 cm

An upholstered stool in the Louis XV manner, with a shaped square squab in a white flecked fabric, raised upon a rococo shaped frame with curvaceous legs with carved fruits and flora to scroll feet. Height 48 cm. Width 67 cm. Depth 67 cm

Victorian walnut inlaid footstool with tapestry top

A Louis XVI style oak upholstered stool. 48 cm high

A large foot stool with a long stitch tapestry upholstered seat 32 cm high. 102 cm long, 34 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.

Antique x frame stool, with floral tapestry upholstery, 47 cm x 40 cm, 47 cm high

A pair of small French foot stools, oval with gros point tapestry upholstery, the walnut frames raised on small cabriole legs.

A small French foot stool, with moulded fruiting vine to the frieze, raised on small splay legs, later tapestry upholstered.

Vintage bedroom stool with cabriole legs and tapestry upholstery

A set of 4 ebonised and upholstered bar stools. 79 cm.

Victorian long foot stool with beaded upholstery, 116 cm x 29 cm

Victorian stool Rosewood with needlework seat, approx 44 cmH

Tapestry upholstered bedroom stool, with under seat storage compartment, by R.D. Kirkman & Co, 110 cm x 45 cm, 47 cm high

A George II style elongated foot stool upholstered in crushed velvet fabric

A mid century footstool. C. 1950s, Australia. Green wool upholstery. 40 cm high, 55 cm wide, 34 cm deep

A Victorian gold upholstered foot stool. 35 cm high, 60 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A pair of English oak footstools with upholstered circular tops. Diameter 33 cm

A Victorian walnut piano stool with buttoned upholstered top and carved tripod base. Diameter 33 cm

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

A Victorian rosewood stool with wool needlework top and 'X'-shape supports united by a turned stretcher. 45 x 47 cm

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

A late-Victorian mahogany Hearth stool with rectangular buttoned upholstered top and turned legs

A pair of cross-stretchered stools, the tops with floral embroidered upholstery, raised on turned and tapering faceted legs joined by shaped stretchers above squat bun feet, with silvered finish. Provenance: This pair of stools were purchased from the esta

Antique footstool with tapestry upholstery, decorated with old parliament house

William IV? piano stool. Column on platform supported on 3 bun feet. Upholstered seat. Height 50 cm

An early 1900s stool, the legs and base painted and decorated in the chinoiserie manner with pierced open fretwork decoration to each corner, upholstered in a Regency stripe of maroon and gold. 50 cm x 40 cm x 40 cm

Chippendale style foot stool with tapestry top 41 x 41 x 88 cm

Victorian foot stool, with buttoned upholstery

Antique bentwood piano stool with red upholstery, approx 45 cm high, 40 cm diameter

A Victorian walnut piano stool, 19th century, the circular stool of adjustable height with a padded seat upholstered in tan velvet above a knopped and oak leaf and scroll carved pedestal with three curvaceous legs terminating in scroll feet; bearing a Brit

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

Footstool: Walnut, mid 19th century with tapestry top. Height 42 cm, width 52 cm, depth 52 cm

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 Charles II style dressing stool, with silk upholstery and a loose cushion, on S scroll legs, with a shell carved stretcher. 54 cm high, 91 cm wide, 53 cm deep

Victorian rococo style bedroom stool with tapestry seat & lift lid, 72 cm wide, 44 cmhigh approx.

A leather upholstered camel saddle & a leather footstool

An upholstered Victorian mahogany bed Step / footstool on four carved cabriole legs 113 x 30 x 20 cm