The finely executed foliate frieze appears on a lot offered in The Oak and Country Sale, Sotheby's Olympia, April 26th 2006, lot 89. This William and Mary settle incorporated a similar frieze with near identical carving. Although not possible to attribute the two pieces to the same hand it would be a logical suggestion. The settle incorporated 'tent-pole' finials, often characteristic of pieces from Lancashire and the Cheshire Plain. If the piece was by this same hand then the same geographical attribution would be likely. See Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture, The British Tradition, Woodbridge, 1979, p. 481.
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