Stools were widely adopted in the house for their practicality, being primarily used as a portable seat both inside and outdoors. Another common use was as a step to reach a higher point. So the structure and joinery of the stool is designed to be weight bearing. All stools have a through transverse brace fitted under the seat using a mortise and tenon joint.
The traditional ease of use is just as relevant today. Because of their generous size, stools make excellent lounge room side tables and bedside tables. Pull two together for an instant coffee table. Being portable is an additional benefit when entertaining a large number of guests.
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Square walnut stools
Origin: Shanxi province Early 19th century walnut 430mm wide x 430mm deep x 500mm high These are a superb and rare example of Ming style furniture. A feature is the...
Square stools with recessed seat
19th century elm wood 445mm wide x 445mm deep x 530mm high These are a very interesting pair of stools with a patina that creates deep character. The recessed seat...
Plum red lacquered square stools
Origin: Shandong province 19th century elm wood 520mm wide x 520mm deep x 460mm high These large stools are ready to serve as side tables or lamp stands. The generous...
Low rectangular stools with cane seat
Early 20th century elm wood 470mm wide x 380mm deep x 300mm high A rare pair of stools that would make excellent side tables. The seat is recessed and is...
Low stools with cabriole legs
Origin: Shandong province Early 20th century elm wood 335mm wide 335mm deep x 270mm high These particular low stools display an extraordinary linear contrast. The legs are crafted from substantially...
Low stools with humpback stretchers
Early 20th century birch 310mm wide x 310mm deep x 250mm high The design of these stools is classic Chinese. The seat is square with a flush seat. The legs...
Low square stools with wraparound stretchers
Late 19th century elm wood 345mm wide x 345mm deep x 330mm high Delightful pair of low stools. Handmade craftsmanship is a characteristic of traditional Chinese furniture that shines through...
Low stools with carved spandrels
Origin: Shanxi province 19th century elm wood 340mm wide x 340mm deep x 280mm high This is a delightful pair of now rare stools. There is a moulded opening on...
Round four legged stool
Origin: Shandong province 19th century elm wood 300mm diameter x 480mm high An exceptionally sturdy stool with four thick legs supporting an equally proportioned seat. The stretchers show wear marks...
Round three leg stool
Origin: Shandong province Early 20th century elm wood 325mm diameter x 510mm high Exceptionally strong stool to use as an occasional seat when extra guests arrive. Very useful in the...
Plum red lacquered square stool with wraparound stretchers
Origin: Shandong province 19th century elm wood 440mm wide x 440mm deep x 490mm high Single stool with a variation of the humpback stretcher. Instead of the stretcher inserting flush...
Three leg drum form stool
19th century elm wood 275mm diameter x 500mm high A feature of this stool is the moulding around the seat that imparts a drum like look to the piece.
Square stool with wraparound stretchers
Origin: Shandong province 19th century elm wood 470mm wide x 470mm deep x 495mm high Single stool with a variation of the humpback stretcher. Instead of the stretcher inserting flush...
Three leg stool
19th century elm wood 240mm diameter x 510mm high An unusual stool with a flattened edge. The legs are strengthened by a central overlapping star joint.
Round stool with overlapping star joint
19th century elm wood 280mm diameter x 480mm high A very attractive stool that would be equally at home in a lounge room or bathroom. The taper of the legs...
Three leg round stool
19th century elm wood 265mm diameter x 490mm high Very solid and rustic looking stool that would add charm to your home.
19th century elm/birch 425mm wide x 265mm deep x 520mm high Pairs of rectangular stools are now quite rare. This is a very inviting pair that would suit almost any...
Deep plum red lacquered stools
Early 20th century elm 405mm wide x 405mm deep x 500mm high Highlight of these stools is the original deep red lacquer. Lacquering was a time-consuming and expensive process that...
Square stools with vertical supports
19th century elm 445mm wide x 445mm deep x 520mm high A characteristic of traditional Chinese furniture is that its well made and meant to last. These stools are no...
Classic square stools
19th century elm 450mm wide x 450mm deep x 500mm high These are a pair of the classic Chinese stool. The large seat is generously proportioned for a person to...
Large square stools
19th century elm 560mm wide x 560mm deep x 520mm high When size really does matter then these extra large stools will meet your need. The design is classic square...
Large square lacquered stools
19th century elm 495mm wide x 495mm deep x 510mm high These stools are larger than most Chinese stools. This means you can place more substantially sized lamps on them...