These mahogany armchairs - originally from a set comprising at least four armchairs and ten side chairs - are designed in the 'French' taste after a pattern published in the first edition of Thomas Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1754, pl. XVII and XVIII. They were probably supplied by the Soho Square firm of Paul Saunders and share much of their character, in particular the curvaceous arm and the prominent cabochons on the legs, with a similar suite of furniture supplied to the Spencers and attributed to Saunders (see lots 35-37), whose workshops appear to have been well suited to making long sets of seat furniture, supplying extensive suites for Holkham, Norfolk, Petworth, Sussex and Longleat, Wiltshire in the 1750s.
With their sinuous arm supports and pronounced curve at the top of the leg the chairs relate to an example illustrated in C. Gilbert, Furniture at Temple Newsam amd Lotherton Hall, London, 1978, vol. I, p. 90, no. 77.