A pair of sofas of similar outline and configuration, which formed part of a larger suite, was supplied by Thomas Chippendale for William Weddell's Tapestry Room at Newby Hall Yorkshire, circa 1775. Interestingly these feature related swag-decorated tablets centering the front seat rails. Another stylistic comparison can be made with a celebrated group of seat furniture supplied by the same maker under the direction of Robert Adam for Sir Lawrence Dundas's London house, No. 19 Arlington Street, London in the 1760s. This comprises two suites which share closely related anthemion crestings. The anthemion crest motif is also repeated on another of Chippendale's commissions including sofas and armchairs for John Parker, 1st Lord Boringdon, circa 1772 at Saltram House, Devon (see Christopher Gilbert, The Life and Works of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, 2 vols. vol. II, p.202, pls. 368-369 and pp. 196-197, ps. 356-359).
In addition to stylistic analogies, the offered lot exhibits V-shaped glue-cramp notches to the underframes, which is a characteristic strongly associated with Chippendale's workshop practice (see Gilbert op. cit., p. 113, pls. 195 and 196).