The Drawing Room window-seat, with trompe l'oeil black-figured rosewood enriched in a 'poetic' manner with golden palms and laurels, relates to Grecian patterned 'Window Seats' popularised by George Smith's Collection of Designs for Household Furniture, 1808, pl. 52). Its Grecian truss-scrolled leg evolved from that of a 'Grecian Couch' pattern in Thomas Sheraton's Cabinet-Maker, Upholsterer and General Artist's Encyclopaedia, 1804-8, pl. 6.
Writing of an 'elegant Grecian sofa' of closely related style illustrated in The Repository of Arts, 1822, Rudolph Ackermann advised that its frame might be executed 'either in mahogany, ornamented with or-molu, or rosewood, etc., the squab [cushion] French stuffed.' (P. Agius and S. Jones, Ackermann's Regency Furniture and Interiors, London, 1984, p. 57. pl..57).
The seat is likely to have been introduced to Mount Juliet, co. Kilkenny, by Major Dermot McCalmont, who purchased the mansion from the 6th Earl of Carrick in 1914 and established the famous Mount Juliet stud.