The design of these stools, with their hollowed and voluted seats on scrolled and arched supports, relates most closely to a pattern published in Robert Manwaring's The Cabinet and Chair-Maker's Real Friend and Companion, 1765 (pl. 18). They are also related to a large set supplied by Thomas Chippendale for Christ Church Library at Oxford in 1764 (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, vol. II, p. 213, fig. 386).
A pair of painted stools of this pattern from Coleshill House, Berkshire, was sold by the Executors of the late Miss M.E. Pleydell-Bouverie, in these Rooms, 25 November 1965, lot 35. One of the Coleshill stools is illustrated in P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, rev. ed., 1954, vol. III, p. 182, fig. 67.