Such tables were described by Thomas Sheraton as being merely for ornament under a [pier] glass, they are generally made very light, and the style of finishing them is rich and elegant. ..the tops are..commonly veneered in rich satin..with a cross-band on the outside. The frames are commonly gold, of white and burnished gold. Stretching rails have of late been introduced to these tables, and it must be owned that is is with good effect, as they take off the long appearance of the legs, and make the under part appear more finished (T. Sheraton, Appendix to The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterers Drawing Book, 1793).
The present antique-fluted tables are conceived in the George III French/antique fashion of the 1770s, and have columnar, palm-flowered legs with hollowed-capitals that correspond to a pattern adopted for tables commissioned around 1776 for Appuldurcombe, Isle of Wight (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, fig. 499)