The needlework covers are mid-18th century and, originally designed as chair seat-covers. They had never before been used as seat-covers and are remarkable for their preservation. The label on one of the stools refers to the needlework covers, not the stools.
The distinctive profile of this pair of stools, with sharply defined paw-and-ball feet and gently squared tapering cabriole legs belong to a group of other stools comprising a single stool, with 18th century needlework, sold from the collection of Dr. Frank Crozer Knowles, Christie's New York, 22 October 1988, lot 208 ($38,500); another single stool with 18th century needlework was sold anonymously, Christie's New York, 13 April 2000, lot 129 ($52,875).
A related pair of stools, but with drop-in seats and veneered rails is in the Gerstenfeld Collection (E. Lennox-Boyd (ed.), Masterpieces of English Furniture: The Gerstenfeld Collection, London, 1998, no. 57, pl. 30).