This form of naturalistically carved leg, often identified by the shoe-form foot, is associated with tables originating from the Isle of Man and is discussed in B. Cotton, Manx Traditional Furniture, Douglas, 1993.
Thought to have been intended for use as games-tables, extant examples with needlepoint tops are quite rare due to their vulnerable surface. A related example with a needlepoint top depicting playing cards originally from Invercauld Castle, Aberdeenshire, was sold Sotheby's, London, 30 June 2004, lot 77. A further example was sold from the collection of Theodore and Ruth Baum, Sotheby's, New York, 22 October 2004, lot 404.