This armchair once formed part of the celebrated collection of James Thursby-Pelham, an acknowledged expert on early English furniture and English portraiture who formed his collection around the time of the First World War. The furniture was assembled under the guidance of prominent advisor R. W. Symonds. Many examples from his home at 55 Cadogan Gardens are published in the 1954 edition of The Dictionary of English Furniture including a George II library armchair now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (vol. I, p. 265, fig. 124), a George III oval-back armchair (vol. I, p. 299, fig. 233) and a William and Mary gilt-gesso torchere (vol. III, p. 148, fig. 9).