Gillows of Lancaster sometimes allowed individual craftsmen to sign their own name in pencil on the furniture they had made. This was separate from the practice of stamping the firm's name, although occasionally both marks are seen. There was a Regency furniture maker in Lancaster named Henry Bonnell, although he is not known to have worked for Gillows. This raises the possibility that they subcontracted this chair (G. Beard and C. Gilbert., eds., The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, p. 85).
A design for a 'Grecian' couch with similar scrolled ends to this bergere was published in 1833 in John Claudius Loudon's Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farm and Villa Architecture, fig. 161 (reproduced in G. Wills, English Furniture 1760-1900, New York, 1971, p. 202).