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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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Stool
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CDT
Stool
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$109 Bids
Stool
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CDT
Stool
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$44 Bids
Small Child's Stool
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CDT
Small Child's Stool
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$33 Bids
Antique Walnut Organ Stool
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Walnut Organ Stool
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
4 Antique Rustic Hardwood Low Stools, Philippines
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
4 Antique Rustic Hardwood Low Stools, Philippines
by Material Culture
Est: $150- $250
$751 Bid
Two Antique Footstools
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Two Antique Footstools
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
REGENCY LEATHER COVERED OTTOMAN / FOOTSTOOL
Oct 26, 11:00 AM EDT
REGENCY LEATHER COVERED OTTOMAN / FOOTSTOOL
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $1,000
$501 Bid
A carved gilt wood footrest, 18th century
Oct 26, 2:30 PM CEST
A carved gilt wood footrest, 18th century
by Bolli & Romiti s.r.l
Est: €500- €800
€5001 Bid
Antique American Pennsylvanian bench, approx 83cm H x 151cm W
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Antique American Pennsylvanian bench, approx 83cm H x 151cm W
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD250- AUD350
AUD2001 Bid
Frame for a garden bench, end of
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Frame for a garden bench, end of
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1801 Bid
Folding Black Stool
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CDT
Folding Black Stool
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
TWO LATE 19TH C. CRICKET STOOLS WITH OLD PAINT
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
TWO LATE 19TH C. CRICKET STOOLS WITH OLD PAINT
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
TWO TALL WINDSOR STYLE STOOLS INCL 19TH CENTURY
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
TWO TALL WINDSOR STYLE STOOLS INCL 19TH CENTURY
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $150- $300
$700 Bids
GEORGE III STYLE CARVED MAHOGANY FOOTSTOOL
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
GEORGE III STYLE CARVED MAHOGANY FOOTSTOOL
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
PANCA - BENCH
Oct 22, 6:30 PM CEST
PANCA - BENCH
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €200- €300
€1500 Bids
COPPIA DI PANCHETTI - PAIR OF STOOLS
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CEST
COPPIA DI PANCHETTI - PAIR OF STOOLS
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €0- €0
€1500 Bids
HEAL & SON, LONDON PAIR OF ARTS & CRAFTS LONG BENCHES, CIRCA 1920
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
HEAL & SON, LONDON PAIR OF ARTS & CRAFTS LONG BENCHES, CIRCA 1920
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £600- £800
£3000 Bids
Pair Renaissance or Baroque Walnut Stools
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Pair Renaissance or Baroque Walnut Stools
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
A George IV mahogany stool
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
A George IV mahogany stool
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £700- £1,000
£6500 Bids
A Regency mahogany and upholstered stool
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
A Regency mahogany and upholstered stool
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £200- £300
£1800 Bids
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LARGE 19TH-CENTURY GILT FRAMED STOOL
Oct 21, 7:00 PM IST
LARGE 19TH-CENTURY GILT FRAMED STOOL
by Sheppards
Est: €800- €1,200
€4800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Benches & Stools


Hutchinson Scott Limited

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

New Orleans Auction Galleries

New Orleans Auction Galleries

Nye & Company

Nye & Company