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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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ANTIQUE ENGLISH UPHOLSTERED MAHOGANY LONG BENCH
Dec 08, 9:00 AM PST
ANTIQUE ENGLISH UPHOLSTERED MAHOGANY LONG BENCH
by Abell Auction
Est: $200- $300
$2253 Bids
FRENCH NAPOLEON III PERIOD EBONIZED FOOTSTOOL
Dec 11, 9:00 AM CST
FRENCH NAPOLEON III PERIOD EBONIZED FOOTSTOOL
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $80- $150
$601 Bid
Antique Horned Footstool
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Horned Footstool
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$11 Bid
MOBILE
Dec 06, 10:00 AM CET
MOBILE
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
ANTIQUE GEORGIAN-STYLE OTTOMAN
Dec 08, 9:00 AM PST
ANTIQUE GEORGIAN-STYLE OTTOMAN
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Antique Industrial Wood Cast Iron Adjustable Stool
Dec 17, 1:00 PM EST
Antique Industrial Wood Cast Iron Adjustable Stool
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $40- $15,000
$401 Bid
Stool
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Stool
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Antique Ball & Claw Foot Swivel Piano Stool
Dec 10, 10:00 AM MST
Antique Ball & Claw Foot Swivel Piano Stool
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
An upholstered ottoman,
Dec 06, 10:00 AM GMT
An upholstered ottoman,
by Sworders
Est: £100- £200
£800 Bids
An oak joint stool, 19th century,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
An oak joint stool, 19th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £200- £400
£1600 Bids
An oak joint stool, late 17th century,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
An oak joint stool, late 17th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £300- £500
£2400 Bids
An oak joint stool, late 17th century,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
An oak joint stool, late 17th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £300- £500
£2400 Bids
A pair of gilt wood and gesso stools, 19th century,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A pair of gilt wood and gesso stools, 19th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £600- £800
£4800 Bids
A George II style walnut stool, 19th century,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A George II style walnut stool, 19th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £300- £400
£2400 Bids
Provincial French Pine Tavern Table-Bench, 19th c.
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Provincial French Pine Tavern Table-Bench, 19th c.
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
A late 17th century oak back-stool
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
A late 17th century oak back-stool
by Halls Fine Art
Est: £300- £400
£2800 Bids
18TH C. FRENCH WALNUT STOOL
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
18TH C. FRENCH WALNUT STOOL
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $1,000
$500 Bids
An Italian Carved Giltwood Stool
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
An Italian Carved Giltwood Stool
by Hindman
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
A mahogany stool, 19th century,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A mahogany stool, 19th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £200- £300
£1600 Bids
LONG 19TH-CENTURY VERNACULAR BENCH
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
LONG 19TH-CENTURY VERNACULAR BENCH
by Sheppards
Est: €300- €500
€1800 Bids
OGGETTISTICA
Dec 06, 10:00 AM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
19TH-CENTURY CARVED BANQUET
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
19TH-CENTURY CARVED BANQUET
by Sheppards
Est: €800- €1,200
€4800 Bids
Antique primitive stool circa 1880's
Dec 04, 11:30 PM EST
Antique primitive stool circa 1880's
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $150- $175
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Benches & Stools


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