The settee frame is serpentined in the 'French' fashion illustrated in Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, London, 1754. A set of armchairs of this pattern at Browsholme Hall, Yorkshire may have been commissioned by Edward Parker (d. 1794) at the time of his marriage in 1750 to Barbara Fleming (see S. Jervis, Browsholme Hall, Derby, 1980, p. 16). Four 'Parker' armchairs, offered by Colonel R.G. Parker, in these Rooms, 15 May 1958, lot 55, would appear to be the same set as those sold from the Arthur Leidesdorf Collection, Sotheby's, 28 June 1974, lot 71. The connoisseur Mr. F.D. Lycett-Green presented a related armchair, but with voluted feet, to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1947; and a suite of five armchairs and a pair of double-chair settees of the latter pattern, were formerly at Swaines Hill Manor, Hampshire (R. Edwards, English Chairs, H.M.S.O., 1970, pl. 66 and C. Claxton Stevens and S. Whittington, 18th Century English Furniture, The Norman Adams Collection, Woodbridge, rev. ed., 1985, p. 38).