These bergeres form part of a suite that is likely to have been commissioned by Beriah Botfield Senior (1768-1813) shortly after his marriage in 1806. They are designed in the French antique style in keeping with the adjoining Drawing Room furniture (see lot 423). The bergeres have Grecian lyre-scrolled backs, which are hollowed as for a French bolster, in the 'Grecian sofa' manner, while their Ionic-volute arms are supported by fruit-issuing 'cornucopiae' or horns-of-plenty, symbolising the presence of the kindly harvest and summer deity Ceres. Such ornament recalls the Roman adage: 'Sine Cerere et Baccho friget Venus' (without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus will starve'). The suite, comprising these fireside bergeres, six armchairs and ten side chairs, was upholstered in red morocco leather and supplied together with a dining-table that was listed in 1863 as 'A 5 ft mahogany dining Table in 3 parts on pillars & claws & 2 loose leaves'. It accompanied 'A 7 ft mahogany & satinwood Sideboard on 2 columns & plinth'.
The suite (lots 320 and 421), to which these bergeres belong, was probably supplied by Gillows of London and Lancaster. Both Beriah Botfield Senior's brother Thomas, and his son's names appear in the Gillows archives and there is a sketch, dated 1808, for a closely related dining-chair in the Gillows' Estimate Sketch Books.