This superb armchair reflects the height of refined neo-classical taste in Rome and is part of a distinct group of seat furniture which share the same form and richly carved decoration with such minor variations that they must have come from the same unknown workshop. Although the size and composition of the suite that includes the present chair is currently unknown, it, if not another from the suite is illustrated in E. Colle, Il Mobile Neoclassico in Italia, Milan 2005, pp. 156-157, no. 35. The other suites include:
-- a sofa and four armchairs sold anonymously at Sotheby’s, London, 9 July 2014, lot 80.
-- A suite in the Salottino dei Ritratti at the Palazzo Barberini in Rome (illustrated in M. Tavella, 'A set of Roman neo-classical armchairs at Ickworth,' Apollo, April 2000, p. 53.
-- a set of six armchairs once possibly in the collections of the Palazzo Borghese purchased by the 4th Marchioness of Bristol for Ickworth, Suffolk, and presently in the Drawing Room. ( Op. cit, p. 49-50.).
--a set of nine armchairs, reputedly from the Demidoff collection at the Villa di San Donato, Fiesole, one armchair is now at the Victoria & Albert Museum (W.19-1973) (Op. cit., pp. 49-50).