C.E. Russell, 'Some Rare Types of English Furniture', Old Furniture, A Magazine of Domestic Ornament, May 1929, p. 41.
John Harris, ‘Sir William Chambers’ Architect to George III ’ Oct 1996
A fine mid 18th century Chippendale double chairback settee in mahogany with carved shaped top rails, pierced carved splats and outscrolling arms. The drop in seat covered in gold silk damask, the frieze and square chamfered legs decorated throughout with ‘Chinese’ lined fretwork.
Architectural and furniture designs from China were assiduously promoted by Sir William Chambers in the mid part of the 18th Century, and the commission of this piece can be seen to be heavily influenced by this fashion.