These caned Regency bergères, attributed to the renowned cabinet-makers Gillows of Lancaster & London, are designed in the early 19th century French 'Antique' manner, and with their curved toprail, hollowed backs and Grecian splayed back legs they relate to seat patterns in George Smith's Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1808.
A similar Gillows armchair with splayed front and back legs supplied in May 1824 to Rev. Manby is illustrated in Gillows' Estimate Sketch Book for 1822-30, no. 3349, 24 May 1824 (Westminster City Archives, 344/101-102). A closely related chair with a leather drop-in cushion is featured in Margaret Jourdain, Regency Furniture, 1965, p. 54, fig. 95, formerly in the possession of the antique dealer, M. Harris & Sons. A set of six similar chairs attributed to Gillows and almost certainly supplied to Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (d. 1863) for Lansdowne House, London sold Christie's, London, 'The Humphrey Whitbread Collection', 5 April 2001, lot 306 (£37,600 including premium). A pair sold Christie's, London, 20 September 2001, lot 110 (£9,987 including premium), and another set of six sold Christie's, London, 3 November 2011, lot 35 (£15,000 including premium).