The Roman-medallion backed library chairs have hollowed and reed-banded frames conceived in the French 'cabriolet' fashion adopted by Thomas Chippendale Junior (d.1822) in a pattern proposed for Burton Constable, Yorkshire (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, figs.192-4). These chairs' reed-clustered legs are crowned, in Grecian-temple fashion, by 'acroteria' bearing palm flowers in allusion to the poetry-deity Apollo. Such 'acroteria' with 'Apollo' sunflowers feature on related chairs also thought to have been supplied by Chippendale Junior in the early 1780s for Langley Hall (now Park), Norfolk (J. Fowler and J.Cornforth, English Decoration in the 18th century, London, 1986 fig. 470). By 1787, the palm-flowered 'acroteria' had also been adopted for seat furniture supplied by the London and Lancaster firm of Gillow (L. Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, Royston, 1995, fig 290).