Georges Jacob, maître 1765.
The armchair, with its spiralled ribbons tying flowered tablets to the rail and wreathing the medallion back, reflects the elegant antique Etruscan fashion that prevailed in the 1770s when Georges Jacob (d.1814) was assisting with furnishings of Marie-Antoinette's Petit Trianon and the comte d'Artois' Bagatelle. In 1775 he supplied Bagatelle with a suite of related columnar legged chairs, whose ribbon-wreathed tablet backs and medallioned rails were similarly enriched with flowered tablets (M. Beurdeley, Georges Jacob et son temps, Paris, 2002, fig. 25). The armchair was almost certainly acquired by the 2nd Earl of Mansfield and 7th Viscount Stormont (d. 1796) in the mid 1770s during his service as George III's ambassador to the court of Louis XVI.