The chair backs derive from patterns for 'parlour chairs' featured in Robert Manwaring's Cabinet and Chair-Maker's Real Friend and Companion, 1765. The intricately woven ribbon splat relates to that on a set formerly in the celebrated collection of Percival D. Griffiths, Esq., and included in the Christie's sale of his effects, 10 May 1939, lot 192. The Griffiths chairs were illustrated by R.W. Symonds in his English Furniture from Charles II to George II, 1929, p.214, figs.172-173. A set of chairs with related backs was sold by Mrs. Florence Cunard, Christie's London, 4 June 1935, lot 32 (bought by M. Harris & Son, London and illustrated in M. Harris & Sons, The English Chair, 1937, p.130, pl.LX).