The pair to this stool is illustrated in R. W. Symonds's Masterpieces of English Furniture and Clocks, London, 1940, fig. 10 and sold, the Property of a Lady, Sotheby's, London, 6 July 1956, lot 130 (purchased by Partridge).
The unusual and distinctive lotus leaf ornament on the stretchers is derived from contemporary 'Indian' or Japanese and Chinese lacquer cabinets-on-stands whose stands often display a lotus-leaf ornament. Armchairs with this feature include: one from the estate of David Berg, sold Christie's, New York, 21 October 1999, lot 20; another illustrated in L. Synge, Mallett Millennium, London, 1999, p. 58, fig. 56; and a pair with strapwork marquetry and straight stretchers sold from a New England collection, Christie's, New York, 13 April 2000, lot 25 and possibly attributable to the chair-maker Henry Williams (fl. 1717-58) (see L. Wood, The Upholstered Furniture in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 2008, vol. I, pp. 224, fig. 145).