Horseshoeback armchairs of this type are represented in many public and private collections. The major distinguishing feature other than the form of these chairs is the decorative carving usually found on the splat and the apron.
Horseshoeback armchairs with set-back front posts are rare. Compare the set of four horseshoeback armchairs sold at Christie's, New York, Important Chinese Furniture, Formerly the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture Collection, 19 September 1996, lot 41, with arms that continue in a curve that sweeps back direct to the front posts which, like the present example, are set back from the corners. Compare also a pair sold in these rooms, The Dr. S. Y. Yip Collection of Fine and Important Classical Chinese Furniture, 20 September 2002, lot 11.
Compare the pair with front posts at the seat corner, sold in these rooms, Important Chinese Furniture, Formerly the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture Collection, 19 September 1996, lot 99.