In The Cabinet Dictionary, 1803 Thomas Sheraton described bamboo as 'a kind of reed, which in the east is used for chairs. These are, in some degree, imitated in England, by turning beech into the same form'. A related pattern for a 'bamboo' settee, with X-railed back, features in a Gillows' Sketch Book dating from around 1805 (G. Walkling, Antique Bamboo Furniture, London, 1979, fig. 26).
A pair of similar settees, with the same foliate japanning but tablet-shaped top rails, was sold anonymously, Sotheby's London, 1 June 2001, lot 337. The same japanning features on a related pair of settees sold anonymously, Christie's New York, 19 April 1991, lot 279.