This French form of 'cabriolet' chair was described as 'Modern' in 1775; while their ornament harmonises with the 'Etruscan' 'columbarium' or 'vase-chamber' style promoted by The Works in Architecture, issued in 1773 by George III's court architect Robert Adam (d.1792). Their Roman-medallion and flute-enriched frames are further enriched with sacred urns and laurel, that is sacred to Apollo as god of poetry, and evokes the triumph of lyric poetry and concepts of 'sacrifices at love's altar in antiquity '. Related chairs were executed around 1780 for George IV, when Prince of Wales, and noted by Messrs A. Hepplewhite & Co. in their Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterers Guide, 1788 (see chair pattern crowned by a laurel-festooned urn, pl. 12). The channelled, scrolled arms with downswept serpentine supports relate to a suite of seat-furniture attributed to Mayhew and Ince and possibly supplied to James Buller (d. 1740) for Downes, Crediton, Devon, and sold, by descent, the Hon. Mrs. Buller, Christie's, London, 19 May 1960, lot 47.