The armchair relates to 'French Chair' patterns in the George II picturesque manner illustrated in Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, London, 1754, and its moulded legs and serpentined arms are enriched with an embossed ribbon-guilloche. It corresponds to a hollow-seated chair at Southill, Bedfordshire (see P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, rev. ed., 1954, vol. I, p. 277, fig. 160). Another pair, with straight-railed seats, was sold anonymously, Sotheby's London, 5 July 1997, lot 58.
A closely related suite of five library armchairs, now attributed to the Yorkshire cabinet-makers, Wright and Elwick, was sold by the Earl of Swinton and the Hon. Nicholas Cunliffe-Lister, Swinton House, Masham, Yorkshire, Christie's house sale, 20-21 October 1975, lot 17.
There is a further similar library armchair in the Library at Dalmeny House, South Queensferry, Scotland (illustrated in Lady Dalmeny, Dalmeny House, Guidebook, p. 7).