The shape and decoration of the legs of this polescreen are similar to a giltwood polescreen supplied to William Weddell (d. 1792) for the Tapestry Room at Newby Hall, Yorskhire, circa 1772 by Thomas Chippendale (d. 1779). It is recorded in the 1792 inventory at Newby as 'A Tapestry Screen on a pillar & Claw carved & Gilt in burnished Gold' (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, Vol. I, p. 266 and vol. II, p. 184, fig. 334). Chippendale also supplied two mahogany tripod firescreens to Sir Lawrence Dundas in 1765 invoiced as '2 Mahogany pole screens cover'd wt India pict'. The 'India pict' referred to was a section of Chinese paper which, as in the present example, lines the back of a needlework panel (ibid., I, pp. 156, 160 & II, p. 183, fig. 330).