The parlour chairs' gothic-fretted splats relate in part to a pattern in Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, London, 3rd ed., 1762 (pl. 14).
Similar splats feature on English and Philadelphia chairs illustrated by J. Kirk in American Furniture and the British Tradition to 1830, New York, 1982, (figs. 993 and 992). A chair of the same pattern was offered anonymously at Sotheby's, NewYork, 8-9 December 1989, lot 482.