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 continental hearth stool carved with c scrolls on cabriole legs with cartouches, 40 cm high, 37 cm deep, and 147 cm long.

A French tapestry covered walnut stool, with cabriole legs, the tapestry with Griffin emblems, 101 cm width

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

A walnut stool in William and Mary style, 19th century, the rectangular, upholstered drop-in seat within carved and moulded frame, on square cabriole legs joined by X-shaped cross stretchers, terminating in scroll feet, 41 cm high, 49 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A Victorian rococo revival Adjustble Mahohany piano stool, second half 19th century, the stuffover stool having three integral cabriole legs with pendant embellishments United by a triskelian stretcher, a central bobbin section beneath the seat housing the

An Edwardian walnut piano stool, early 20th century, with a buttoned sang-de-boeuf leather top above a knopped stem and raised on three lightly carved cabriole legs with brass casters. Height 50 cm.

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

Vintage bedroom stool with cabriole legs and tapestry upholstery

Georgian oak joint stool with turned cabriole legs, 47 by 27 cm, 58 cm high

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

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

A carved and pierced wooden footstool with cabriole legs on cross stretcher, upholstered in sage floral cut velvet. 42 cm high, 50 cm wide and 50 cm deep

Victorian stool, raised on cabriole legs recovered in green velour together with a French tapestry panel

Walnut stool, with tapestry top raised on cabriole legs

A leather and mahogany footstool, the buttoned and studded maroon leather circular stool supported upon four small cabriole legs. Height 18.5 cm. Diameter 31 cm

A good George I walnut stool. Rectangular form with tapestry upholstery on cabriole legs with carved shell terminating pad feet 43 cm high, 56 cm wide, 44 cm deep.

A French Louis XV style walnut piano stool, circular with revolving upholstered seat on cabriole legs with stretcher. 49 cm high, 41 cm wide

A French walnut dressing stool, of rectangular form with the apron carved with flower heads on carved cabriole legs with x stretcher upholstered in French embossed fabric

A French Louis XV style walnut long stool, the upholstered seat above a carved apron on high cabriole legs. 55 cm high, 115 cm wide, 47 cm deep

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 19th century George II style Victorian mahogany stool of rectangular form on cabriole supports terminating on ball and claw feet. 48 cm deep 65 cm wide 47 cm high

A George II style mahogany footstool, by Rocke & Co., late 19th century, the rectangular upholstered seat resting on carved mask head knees with cabriole legs terminating in elaborate lion paw feet printed paper label to the base W. M. Rocke & Co. Pty. Ltd

A late 19th century walnut cabriole legged stool with gros point tapestry top. 4 x 33 cm. Height 35 cm

A mid 19th century stool, raised on four cabriole legs with all over foliate carving on original brass casters. Height 48 cm. Width 66 cm. Depth 52 cm

A Victorian cabriole leg stool, circa 1890, the long narrow foot stool upholstered in velvet raised upon four sturdy cabriole legs. Height 52 cm. Width 117 cm. Depth 31 cm

A carved blackwood footstool, circa 1875, with original beadwork upholstery over a swag carved apron to cabriole carved legs. Height 22 cm. Width 128 cm. Depth 24 cm

A buttoned down upholstered stool, with straight and concave sides on stained beech cabriole legs and castors. Width 78 cm

Pair of mahogany footstools, c1860, each with upholstered seats, resting on cabriole supports and French scroll toes. Height 41 cm

A French 19th century Louis XV style dressing stool with scrolled arms with acanthus decoration the front carved with foliate decoration on cabriole supports. Length 49 cm. Height 57 cm

George II walnut stool on acanthus moulded cabriole legs

An Edwardian carved dressing stool with carved edge on cabriole supports

A late 19th century mahogany long stool with drop in tapestry seat on short cabriole supports. Retailer label Phillip Asprey London

A French style giltwood carved stool, the padded upholstered seat on simple cabriole legs. Width 42 cm. Depth 42 cm. Height 42 cm

A carved fruitwood small footstool in the French style, the cane infilled top supported on a shaped apron and cabriole legs with stylised floral carved decoration. Note; faults to cane. Width 37 cm. Depth 29 cm. Height 15 cm

19th century French rosewood & tapestry stool with stylish carved cabriole legs

George III mahogany stool with cabriole supports, raised shell decorations and ball and claw feet

An Irish George III mahogany stool, in the Chippendale taste, the rectangular upholstered seat raised on carved cabriole legs terminating in paw feet, 86 cm wide, 56 cm deep, 46 cm high.