With its distinctive high profiled paw feet and typically Irish attenuated muscular ankles, this chair relates closely to a stool sold from the Estate of Sydney R. Newman in these Rooms, 12 October 1996, lot 249. A further identifiable group of stools, probably all executed in the same workshop and displaying the same exaggerated paw-and-ball feet, comprise a single example from the collection of Frank Crozier Knowles, sold with contemporary needlework at Christie's New York, 22 October 1988, lot 208 ($38,500); a pair, one of which was stamped 'IDS', presumably for a journeyman chairmaker, lacking their needlework, sold anonymously at Christie's London, 25 October 1990, lot 109; a further pair, probably the same, advertised by Mallett in 1998; and another sold anonymously in these Rooms, 13 April 2000, lot 129.
A suite of side chairs with similarly articulated animal legs and feet are illustrated in situ in the State Sitting-Room at Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire (H.A. Tipping, English Homes, period III, vol.II, London, 1927, p.177, fig.210).
The use of solid sabicu on seat-furniture is extremely unusual, perhaps suggesting that the original patron had strong Colonial ties, perhaps through the East India Company.