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 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.

Vintage tapestry topped stool, square tapering legs, approx 54 cm high, 94 cm wide, 39 cm deep

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 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

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

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

A William IV X-framed upholstered stool, the base of simulated rosewood, the square top upholstered with emerald green fern-patterned cut velvet.

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

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

A piano stool with padded top, turned spindle ends with tapered legs in beechwood. Length 60 cm

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

A French Louis XVI style walnut upholstered dressing stool. 52 cm high, 66 cm wide, 41 cm deep.

Vintage tapestry top piano stool, 55 cm wide x 32 cm deep 58 cm high

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

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

Edwardian piano stool, with lift seat music compartment and good upholstery

Double piano stool. Upholstered seat, lifting to storage space. Turned legs. Height 55 cm length 90 cm

Long cedar bench stool, upholstered top, standing on turned legs joined by central stretcher, 60 cm high, 137 cm wide, 41 cm D

A pair of Victorian footstools with period beaded upholstery.

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

An Edwardian lift top piano stool. Early 20th century. The stool with curved elbow arms to a low back with a pierced splat with a marquetry Sheraton oval, tapering square set legs and an 'H' form stretcher, the seat upholstered in a dusky pink and

A pair of Anglo-Indian carved and ebonised tapestry upholstered stools, 44 cm high, 50 cm wide, 50 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

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 pair of grand neoclassical-style giltwood stools, rectangular, each with an upholstered cut-velvet seat and plain frieze raised on X-form supports with stretchers, the supports richly decorated throughout in relief with acanthus and classical motifs. Hei

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