These Drawing Room 'parlour chairs', richly sculpted and elegantly serpentined in the 'French' manner, reflect the George II fashion called 'Modern' in Thomas Chippendale's, The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1754.
Their leg pattern, of Roman 'truss' form enriched with Roman acanthus and antique flutes, was adopted for chairs supplied in the 1750s by the celebrated cabinet-makers and tapissiers, Paul Saunders and George Smith Bradshaw (d. 1812). Related chairs of this general pattern include chairs supplied in 1757 for Holkham Hall, Norfolk (A. Coleridge, Chippendale Furniture, London, 1968, fig. 378). Related legs feature on a suite of Beauvais tapestry-covered chairs commissioned by Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster (d. 1788) and on a pair of chairs from the collection of the Earls of Ancaster, Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire, sold in these Rooms, 11 May 1934, lot 168. A pair of armchairs, possibly from the latter suite, was sold by the late Mrs Barbara Campbell-Golding, in these Rooms, 27 November 2003, lot 100 (£128,450).
The Scottish Barony of Glamis was created in 1485. The Lyon family were elevated to the Earldom of Kinghorne in 1606 and in 1677 were styled Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne. The courtesy title is Lord Glamis.