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 small cedar long bench stool, Australian, 19th century, 28 cm high, 125 cm wide, 32 cm deep

A Victorian Renaissance revival piano stool, 19th century, the stool with a floral tapestry stuffover seat of later fabrication, raised on an imposing base with a large fluted and knopped stem and three bold and generously scrolled buttress supports termin

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

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

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

Late Victorian bentwood piano stool with circular caned top

A tapestry top turned walnut stool, English, late 19th century, 37 cm high, 52 cm wide, 40 cm deep

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

Antique 19th century extremely heavy cast brass footman's stool, approx 28 cm high, 46 cm wide, 39 cm deep

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 19th century folding X stool with tapestry upholstery, 26 cm high. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.

A Victorian walnut tripod based adjustable piano stool, the base carved with acanthus scrolls, the top with buttoned upholstery.

A 19th century country oak stool, pegged construction, turned supports.

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

Victorian swivel piano stool, with blue velvet upholstered top, height 50 cm approx

A Georgian style mahogany stool, late 19th century, the rectangular upholstered top raised on carved leaf capped scroll legs with ball and claw feet, 50 cm high, 54 x 47 cm

An early Victorian walnut piano stool with screw mechanism and shaped base, scrolled supports with paw feet. 50 cm high.

A gout stool in the form a miniature daybed, blackwood, Tasmanian origin, early to mid 19th century, 39 cm high, 44 cm long, Provenance: Ex Nettlefold Collection (25/11/77)

A pair of Victorian footstools with period beaded upholstery.

A Victorian walnut Irish footstool, circular with carved decoration.

A pair of French early 19th century fruitwood stools, each with upholstered top on flared turned legs, with H stretcher, 49 cm high.

A walnut veneer Louis XV style upholstered stool, 19th century. the square serpentine stool with curvaceous legs with cast gilt bronze mounts, the stuffover seat upholstered in russet jacquard. Height 45 cm length 38 cm. Width 38 cm

A Victorian rosewood pedestal piano stool, mid 19th century, with a leaf carved baluster and waisted pedestal, to a tripod base with splayed legs relief carved with acanthus leaves terminating in ball and claw feet, the stuffover seat upholstered in gold v

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

An upholstered rosewood and cedar long stool, Australian,19th century, 55 cm high, 106 cm wide, 51 cm deep

A carved simulated bamboo giltwood stool, probably English, 19th century, 56 cm high, 51 cm diameter

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

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