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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A 19th century French ottoman, rectangular shape, cream striped upholstered top raised on carved cabriole legs. 71 cm x 1050.

A fine gilt gesso coiled rope pattern ottoman upholstered in original needlework, French, first half of the 19th century 46 cm high, 65 cm diameter across the top

A Louis XV style carved giltwood X stretcher ottoman stool, French, 20th century, 62 cm high, 76 cm wide, 54 cm deep

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

A studded olive leather ottoman trunk style stool, 50 cm, 84 cm wide, 68 cm deep

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

A B&B; circular leather Ottoman. Designe by Antonio Citterio. Model 'Harry'. 30 cm high. 150 x 150 cm

A large rectangular ottoman on Chippendale style base, upholstered in sage and russet floral design. 46 cm high, 100 cm wide and 54 cm deep

An upholstered ottoman in red self-stripe velvet. 39 cm high, 94 cm wide and 60 cm deep

Trefoil shape cut velvet Ottoman, heavy fringe border. Height 50 cm. Width 87 cm. Depth 83 cm. Provenance: Ros Palmer Interiors, Woollahra. The Estate of a Lady, NSW

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

A large buttoned upholstered and fringed ottoman. 49 cm high, 164 cm long. 120 cm deep

A large cut velvet shaped square fringed ottoman. 48 cm high, 130 cm square

Pair of ottomans, contemporary design, tan leather upholstery on four wooden legs (2). Height 38 cm. Width 60 cm. Depth 60 cm

A pair of rectangular Ralph Lauren tan suede covered ottomans with brass buttons, 42 cm high, 68 cm wide, 62 cm deep

A Pair of Ralph Lauren ottomans upholstered in cream brocade and fringed in black, with ebonized legs 46 x 100 cm

A pair of Ralph Lauren upholstered ottomans 40 x 50 x 50 cm Covered in kilim

A mid Victorian mahogany and needlepoint upholstered ottoman stool the hinged needlepoint and velvet upholstered cushion top enclosing an empty interior, above pierced fretwork panels with silk backing above a moulded edge, raised on bun feet with recessed

A large beech and buttoned leather ottoman by Moran. Width 94 cm. Depth 94 cm. Height 38 cm

Oval ottoman with luxurious all-over fabric and a continuous fringe to the base