The table, with marble-figured veneer, is designed in the antique or robust Grecian fashion promoted around 1800 by the connoisseur Thomas Hope, author of Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807. With its quadrangular hollow-sided altar pedestal raised on palm-flowered trusses, it also relates to 'pillar and claw' patterns in George Smith's Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1808, pl. 69. The fretted Egyptian sunburst ribbons wreathing its pillar can also be found on Grecian sofas designed in 1805 by Gillows of London for Kinmel Park, Denbighshire (D. Fitz-Gerald, Georgian Furniture in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1969, no. 136).
George Bullock was a proponent of the use of patriotic, indigenous woods in his furniture, particularly pollard oak and brown oak, leading Rudolph Ackermann to refer to the 'tasteful simplicity' of Bullock's furniture in The Repository of Arts. Bullock is thought to have supplied similar tables to John, 6th Duke of Bedford for Endsleigh, Devon (sold Christie's House sale, 20-21 September 2004, lots 821-827) and to George Byng for Wrotham Park, Bedfordshire (sold Christie's House sale, 9 June 2005, lot 71).