In the early 18th century, this elegant form of parlour chair was associated with imports of the East India Companies trading with China and retailed as 'Indian' or 'India-backed', or more simply as 'bended' or 'sweep backed'. The furniture historian Adam Bowett describes the introduction of the pattern as 'the most radical and far-reaching design innovation of eighteenth century chair-making' and notes the earliest documented examples at Canons Ashby, 1717 (Adam Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture 1715 - 1740, Woodbridge, 2009, pp. 156 - 160). Bowett illustrates several examples including a side chair with bended back from the Frederick Parker Collection (ibid. p.47, pl. 1.38), while a pair of closely related chairs bearing the trade label of William Old and John Ody have straight backs (ibid. p.160, pl. 4.30).