The chair upholstery embroidered with garlanded vignettes, of Cupid attending the loving abductions of Europa and Flora, derives from Ovid's Metamorphoses or Loves of the Gods. A related vignette of the abduction of Proserpine, derived from an engraving by François Chaveau in his Les Metamorphoses en Rondeaux, 1676, Paris, and features on a chair in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, while a fire-screen panel at Holyrood Palace also portrays the abduction of Europa (M. Swain, 'Pictorial Chair Covers: Some Engraved Sources', Furniture History, 1975, figs. 171 and 172 and M. Swain, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Tapestries, London, 1988, no. 33). The Prosperine history also features on a firescreen, which is likely to have been commissioned for Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire by the 2nd Earl of Litchfield (d.1741), and was sold in the Samuel Messer Collection in these Rooms, 5 December 1991, lot 99.
A set of four chairs of this pattern, but with round-edged backs, were formerly at Croxteth Hall, Liverpool and may have been commissioned for the house by Richard, 5th Viscount Molyneux (d.1738). The chairs were sold by the Executors of the late Earl of Sefton in these Rooms 17 September 1973, lot 97.