Learn about Foot Stool

A small, low stool, usually upholstered, either for resting one's feet when sitting or sometimes used as individual seats. Legs on footstools followed the general stylistic changes, although some early 19th century stools were made with X-shaped legs. Many Victorian footstools are circular, covered with Berlin woolwork and other forms of embroidery. Some footstools were made en-suite, replicating the design to the matching chair.

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 antique mahogany fold out footstool, hand carved base intact, good working order, 14 x 56 x 42 cm

An English Regency rosewood footstool, circa 1825, 42 cm high, 55 cm wide, 55 cm deep, Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

A Chippendale style carved walnut footstool, English, circa 1765, 49 cm high, 69 cm wide, 50 cm deep, Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

An ebonised circular faux bamboo foot stool, French, 19th century, 37 cm high, 60 cm diameter

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

An antique mahogany long upholstered footstool, 19th century, the long footstool with four scrolling feet and a stuffover top upholstered in silvery cream velvet, height 21 cm, length 109 cm, width 21 cm

Fabric covered footstool, French, 20th century, 27 cm high, 114 cm wide, 63 cm deep

A pair of upholstered giltwood footstools, 20th century, 31 cm high, 30 cm wide, 30 cm deep

A pair of Victorian tapestry covered foot stools, 19th century, the walnut circular stools with Tunbridge style decoration, each with floral tapestry covers and raised on porcelain ball feet. Height 13 cm. Diameter 26 cm

17th century style oak foot stool with baluster turned uprights and stretchers and upholstered top

Large cabriole legged foot / bedroom stool, approx 50 cm high, 78 cm wide

A small footstool with Nature scene tapestry upholstery, 38 x 30 x 26 cm

A pair of Victorian footstools with period beaded upholstery.

Two similar Victorian foot-stools, each circular, with a domed padded needlework top above the frame, on small feet, one mahogany, one walnut(?). Height 12 cm. Diameter 27 cm.

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

A velvet covered footstool, the circular buttoned footstool upon a timber platform and brass lion feet. Height 19 cm. Diameter 34 cm

Victorian walnut inlaid footstool with tapestry top

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.

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.

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

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

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