The rustic pillars and pagoda-swept water-dripped cornice derive from Thomas Chippendale, The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 3rd. ed., 1762, pls. CIX and CXXX.
This cabinet is part of a small group of very similar form but variations in their Director-style ornament. The form of the cabinets, with a glazed upper section with pagoda ornament strongly framing the middle of the glass, suggests that the cabinets were made for a specific display purpose. A single large object, such as a trophy, would stand in the centre of the glazed section.
Others of the group were offered or sold: Sotheby's London, 14 November 1986, lot 61; Sotheby's London, 8 July 1988, lot 63; Christie's London, 9 April 1992, lot 89; and Christie's London, 11 February 1999, lot 11 (withdrawn).