This chairback of Grecian pelta-shield form derives from a 'bar-back' sofa pattern published in A. Hepplewhite & Co.'s Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788, pl. 26. The chairback design also features on a 'Camel back stay rail' chair featured in the late 1780s archives of Gillows (L. Boynton, ed., Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, Royston, 1995, fig. 260). A chair with closely-related back is illustrated in J. Kirk, American Furniture and the British Tradition to 1830, New York, 1982, no. 1053. A set of nine similar shield-back dining-armchairs were sold from '50 Years of Collecting: The Decorative Arts of Georgian England', Christie's, London, 14 May 2003, lot 95 (£59, 750).