The chair is designed in the early 19th century French/Grecian fashion with lyre-scrolled back hollowed for a roll cushion, while its frame is enriched with reeds and pearled libation paterae. Its form derives from a celebrated set designed by Henry Holland (d.1806), made by Elward, Marsh and Tatham for Samuel Whitbread at Southill, Bedfordshire, around 1800. (See Margaret Jourdain, Regency Furniture 1795-1820, London, 1948. fig. 7., p.61.). Chairs of related Grecian character were supplied by Henry Holland for the Prince Regent at Carlton House in 1794 and the Marine Pavilion, Brighton in 1802. The present chair's back profile corresponds to that of a Longleat suite from Norton Hall, Northamptonshire, attributed to Gillows, sold Christie's London, 13 June 2002, lot 421.