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Antique Benches & Stools

Antique benches and stools are prized by collectors as historical pieces, as these were the first forms of seating in human history until the 17th century. At that time, chairs were reserved for nobility, while commoners sat and dined on benches or stools. After the chair came into popular use, stools were still useful for resting the feet, industrial seating, or sitting at counters at the local drugstore or public meeting house. Antique stools valued by collectors include variations on the Victorian piano stool, antique step stools, and bar stools. Some industrial stools made of steel and other materials make fine artistic decor items. Many industrial stools have been rescued from factories and warehouses, giving them the urban air of mystery that is common to Art Deco and modern furniture.

When benches developed into settees and modern sofas, they became less common in domestic decor. Benches remained in gardens, public buildings, railroad stations, and houses of worship. Collectors of antique furniture might have an antique bench in the entryway, hall, or bedroom. Benches are featured in outdoor furniture design. Mid-century Modern benches by Eames or Scandinavian designers appear in modern decor as sleek, updated descendants of the antique bench.

Those hunting for antique benches for sale will likely discover a wide array of vintage benches to choose from. The use of fine ironwork for English garden benches began in Queen Mary’s gardens in the 17th century when wrought-iron craftsman Jean Tijua introduced the use of rosettes and stylish embossing. These benches are quite common in antique outdoor decor. Reclaimed stone and wood public benches are also plentiful.


Quick Facts

  • A 19th century Moorish revival bench sold for $8,750 at a Wright Chicago auction in 2015
  • A large brown-buttoned leather mahogany stool with 19th century and later elements sold for $11,370 at A Christie’s London auction in 2015
  • A pair of Chinese huanghuali stools dated to the Ming Dynasty pair sold for over $2,000,000 at Christie’s in 2015

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FRENCH LOUIS XIV STYLE NEEDLEPOINT UPHOLSTED OTTOMAN
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
FRENCH LOUIS XIV STYLE NEEDLEPOINT UPHOLSTED OTTOMAN
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1502 Bids
FRENCH LOUIS XIII STYLE NEEDLEPOINT UPHOLSTERED BENCH/ OTTOMAN
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
FRENCH LOUIS XIII STYLE NEEDLEPOINT UPHOLSTERED BENCH/ OTTOMAN
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1502 Bids
Architecturally shaped walnut kneeler, 17th century
Apr 18, 2:00 PM CEST
Architecturally shaped walnut kneeler, 17th century
by Bolli & Romiti s.r.l
Est: €200- €300
€2001 Bid
Biedermeier Footstool
Apr 17, 9:00 AM PDT
Biedermeier Footstool
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
A WALNUT 'THEBES' STOOL, ATTRIBUTED TO LIBERTY & CO, CIRCA 1900
Apr 24, 10:30 AM BST
A WALNUT 'THEBES' STOOL, ATTRIBUTED TO LIBERTY & CO, CIRCA 1900
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £400- £600
£1801 Bid
C 1830 Spanish Mission Arch Back Bench
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
C 1830 Spanish Mission Arch Back Bench
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
ENGLISH
Apr 17, 10:00 AM BST
ENGLISH
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £300- £500
£1501 Bid
A GOOD 19TH CENTURY BLACK FOREST LINDEN WOOD CARVED BEAR HALL BENCH
Apr 18, 10:00 AM BST
A GOOD 19TH CENTURY BLACK FOREST LINDEN WOOD CARVED BEAR HALL BENCH
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £3,000- £5,000
£1,5000 Bids
Barock-Tabouret
May 03, 10:30 AM CEST
Barock-Tabouret
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €280- €560
€2800 Bids
Two Brass and Tufted Red Leather Upholstered Footman, 19th Century
Apr 27, 9:30 AM EDT
Two Brass and Tufted Red Leather Upholstered Footman, 19th Century
by Rafael Osona Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2500 Bids
Paar Tabourets im Louis XVI-Stil
Apr 17, 10:30 AM CEST
Paar Tabourets im Louis XVI-Stil
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €550- €1,100
€5500 Bids
Piano stool
Apr 19, 10:00 AM CEST
Piano stool
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €50- €150
€500 Bids
Kleiner Hocker
Apr 17, 10:30 AM CEST
Kleiner Hocker
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €80- €160
€800 Bids
Victorian wicker stool. Circa 1890. Unknown
May 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Victorian wicker stool. Circa 1890. Unknown
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
COPPIA DI SGABELLI METÀ DEL XIX SECOLO
Apr 18, 3:00 PM CEST
COPPIA DI SGABELLI METÀ DEL XIX SECOLO
by DAMS Casa d'Aste
Est: €400- €600
€3000 Bids
ANTIQUE DECOY CARVER BENCH
Apr 21, 11:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE DECOY CARVER BENCH
by Americana Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
WALNUT KNEELER, CENTRAL ITALY 17TH CENTURY
Apr 17, 3:00 PM CEST
WALNUT KNEELER, CENTRAL ITALY 17TH CENTURY
by Casa d'Aste Babuino
Est: €300- €350
€2400 Bids
COPPIA DI TABOURET IN LEGNO PATINATO, FORSE ARTE COLONIALE DEL XIX SECOLO
Apr 16, 3:00 PM CEST
COPPIA DI TABOURET IN LEGNO PATINATO, FORSE ARTE COLONIALE DEL XIX SECOLO
by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €250- €300
€2500 Bids
Victorian wicker Turkish bench. Circa 1890. Also
May 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Victorian wicker Turkish bench. Circa 1890. Also
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
PAIR OF 19TH CENTURY CARVED AND UPHOLSTERED STOOLS
Apr 30, 6:00 PM CDT
PAIR OF 19TH CENTURY CARVED AND UPHOLSTERED STOOLS
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Benches & Stools


New England Auctions

New England Auctions

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Lyon & Turnbull

Lyon & Turnbull

Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery