The 'cabriolet' chairs, designed in the George III French antique fashion of the 1770s, have their Roman medallion and antique-fluted backs fretted with palm flowers; while palm-leaves issue from the arms' Ionic volutes.
A related pattern features on the 1770s trade-card of Messrs Vickers & Rutledge, the Conduit Street firm of Upholders and Cabinet-Makers (see A. Heal, London Furniture Makers, 1953, p.182). Another similar is illustrated in C. Claxton Stevens and S. Whttington, Eighteenth Century English Furniture: The Norman Adams Collection, 1983, pl.9, p.72. A related set of white-painted and parcel-gilt chairs purchased in the 1770s by Lyonel, 5th Earl of Dysart for Ham House, Surrey are illustrated in P. Thornton, 'Ham House', Furniture History, 1980, fig.188. A painted armchair and window-seat of related pattern in the collection of the Marquess of Cholmondeley, now at Houghton Hall are illustrated in P. Macquoid, The Age of Satinwood, London, 1908, figs. 102 and 115. A group of armchairs of this model were sold anonymously, Christie's London, 9 July 1998, lots 81-83.