This elegant form of scroll-armed stool features in a 1770s design for a drawing room window bay executed by the architect James Wyatt (d.1813) (J.Cornforth and J.Fowler, English Decoration in the 18th Century, London, 1974, fig.13). The ornament of this stool, with its hermed legs, antique flutes and Roman wave scrolls, also features on a suite of chairs designed about 1770 in the French/Grecian manner by the Berkeley Square cabinet-maker John Linnell (d.1796) and supplied for Osterley Park, Middlesex (see H.Hayward and P.Kirkham, William and John Linnell, London, 1980, vol. II, p.38, fig.71).
A closely related stool from Kimbolton Castle is illustrated in P.Macquoid and R.Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, vol. III, 1927, p. 176, fig. 60, and is reproduced here. A pair of stools of virtually identical design was sold from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Saul P. Steinberg, Sotheby's New York, 26 May 2000, lot 148 ($35,250).