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 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
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 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 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
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