This chair model with French 'cabriolet' back was noted as 'Modern' in Thomas Malton's Treatise on Perspective', 1775 (pl.33 fig. 131); while Bowles's, New and Complete Book of Cyphers, 1777, helped revive the George II fashion for cypher-backed parlour chairs. This chair's laurel-enriched initials, identified as 'W.A.J.', may have been connected with its needlework seat covering. Its antique-fluted frame and columnar legs, as well as its golden paterae inlaid with 'Apollo' sunflowers, reflect the 1770s French antique fashion. A pair of cabriolet chairs, with antique fluted frames, have been attributed to John Mayhew and William Ince, whose Soho firm supplied related chairs for Chirk Castle, Wales and Cobham Hall, Kent. A pair of related chairs was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 23 November 2006, lot 12.