Designed in the George IV 'Old English' style, this library chair derives from a George II chair at Boyton House, Wiltshire (P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, 1927, vol. I, p. 237, fig. 91). This pattern of chair was revived in the early part of the 19th century and, while executed in a variety of woods - including mahogany, walnut, yew and elm, yew-tree versions were manufactured by Gillows and are listed in their Estimate Sketch Book of 1827 (see Gillow Archives, Westminster City Archives, E.S. 3603). The unusual carved legs and feet on this chair and plum-pudding mahogany veneered back (probably chosen for its similarity to yew) may indicate a provincial execution. A chair of this design by Gillows was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 16 September 2004, lot 6.