The gothic-fretted splats of these side chairs relate in part to a design in Thomas Chippendale's celebrated pattern book, The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, London, 3rd ed., 1762 (pl. 14). A pair of chairs featuring similar splats sold Christie’s, The Legend of Dick Turpin, London, 9 March 2006, lot 118.
An elegant pair of chairs in good conserved condition. The back splats with some minor signs of movement but secure. The seat rails have been supported with later blocks. The upholstery is tired and would benefit from attention according to taste. With old marks and scratches throughout commensurate with age and use. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."