Described as a 'new-pattern', the chair-back, with scalloped crest, serpentined pillars enriched with ribbon-guilloche and fretted splat wrapped by Roman acanthus, featured in Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, London, 1754, pl.15.
A very similar open armchair, one of a pair, is illustrated in P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, rev. ed., 1954, vol. I, p. 283, fig. 180. It belonged to Henry Hirsch and was sold by him, in these Rooms, 10 June 1931, lot 64. The pair was also described by H. Avray Tipping in Country Life, 25 December 1920.
According to family tradition, the pair of armchairs that was originally with the present lot, was sold earlier this century.