These elegantly-serpentined chairs, designed in the Louis XV manner, relate to the fashionable cabriolet chairs of the 1770s such as Thomas Malton illustrated in his Compleat Treatise on Perspective, 1775, pl. XXXIII, fig. 131. They also relate to a suite of furniture supplied at this period for Erddig, Denbighshire by John Cobb, cabinet-maker to George III.
A pair of armchairs of virtually identical design were sold from The Prescott Collection, in these Rooms, 31 January 1981, lot 323. One of the armchairs, from what is quoted in the catalogue to be a set of eight, is illustrated in D. Nickerson, English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century, London, 1963, p. 80, fig, 83. A similar chair is illustrated in M. Harris, The English Chair, London, 1946, p. 142, pl. LXX and another similar armchair was sold from the Leidesdorf Collection, Sotheby's, New York, 27-28 June 1974, lot 138.