This model of export chair was copied from English (walnut) prototypes and although it is not easy to identify its precise origin, A. Jaffer has pointed out that despite the usual characteristics that indicate a colonial origin, 'they are often not sufficiently distinctive as to be linked with a specific centre of production ... in British India furniture was sometimes made of woods imported from South-East Asia, China and the Americas' (A. Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, London, 2001, p. 16).
A pair related to this model is in the Gerstenfeld collection (E. Lennox-Boyd, ed., Masterpieces of English Furniture: The Gerstenfeld Collection, London, 1998, p. 207, no. 32). Several other known Chinese-export examples include, two armchairs and four side chairs in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight (P. Macquoid, English Furniture, Tapestry and Needlework of the XVIth-XIXth Centuries...., London, 1928, pl. 39, no. 138), a pair sold anonymously (from the collection of Arther A. Leidesdorf), Sotheby's London, 27-28 June 1974, lot 6, this pair was later sold by French & Co., Sotheby's New York, 27 October 1979, lot 92. A further example of this model is a pair sold anonymously, in these Rooms, 18 November 1993, lot 179.