This form of reclining chair evolved from the lits de repos of Louis XIVs reign. Intended primarily for bedchambers and private sitting rooms, these chairs very widely in their form. A pattern for a 'burjair (or 'half couch') with similar winged sides and adjustable back ('made to fall down at pleasure') appears in Universal System of Household Furniture, published by cabinet-makers Ince and Mayhew from 1759-1762, pl.LX. A mahogany folding chair of remarkably similar form from Padworth House, Berkshire, is illustrated in P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, 1924, vol.II, p. 164, fig. 14.