The serpentine, voluted and acanthus-enriched legs of these chairs relate to a 'French' easy-chair pattern of 1759 published in Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1762, pl. XXIII.
This beautifully-carved pair of chairs probably originally formed part of a much larger set, such as those supplied to the Duke of Bolton (d. 1765) for Hackwood Park, Hampshire (see Hackwood Park, Christie's house sale, 20-22 April 1998, introduction to lots 79-83). Unfortunately, their original provenance at present remains unknown, however it is likely that they were part of an important commission, and future research may well identify the house from which they came. Two pairs of chairs from this set were sold by Jeremy Cotton, Esq., Tythrop Park, Buckinghamshire, in these Rooms, 27 April 1995, lots 27 and 28 and another two pairs were advertised by Hotspur Ltd. in the Exhibition Catalogue for Grosvenor House, 1998.
A related pair of chairs covered in tapestry was sold anonymously, in these Rooms, 29 June 1978, lot 25.