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 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 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
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 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 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
A Victorian mahogany adjustable piano stool, second half 19th century, the stuffover stool having a knopped stem upon a tripod base with curvaceous acanthus embellished legs tipped with whorl feet, upholstered in pink velvet with decorative gimp. Height 52
An upholstered stool in the Louis XV manner, with a shaped square squab in a white flecked fabric, raised upon a rococo shaped frame with curvaceous legs with carved fruits and flora to scroll feet. Height 48 cm. Width 67 cm. Depth 67 cm
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