The design of this hall chair with pierced Gothic quatrefoil back is derived from patterns for hall chairs invented by Thomas Chippendale (d. 1779) in his Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1762, plates XVII and XVIII. Hall chairs related to the design of plate XVII are in the collection of the Earls of Pembroke at Wilton House, Salisbury. Chippendale supplied furniture to Wilton from 1763, including the magnificent Violin Bookcase and it is possible he also supplied the hall chairs (A. Coleridge, Chippendale Furniture, London, 1968, fig. 190).
A set of four similar hall chairs was sold from the Messer Collection, in these Rooms, 5 December 1991, lot 59 (£14,300). Another related pair was sold anonymously, Sotheby's London, 6 July 1990, lot 74 (£17,600).