The multi-purpose table, with its Grecian lyre-scrolled trestles and French-fashioned ormolu enrichments, derives from patterns for 'Ladies Work Tables' and 'Pouch Tables' published by Thomas Sheraton in The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book, 1802 (no.40, pl.2) and The Cabinet Dictionary, 1803 (pl. 67). A calamander wood table of this pattern, in the collection of Mrs. Stileman, is illustrated in P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, 1954, rev. ed. III, p. 323, fig. 11. The latter may have formed part of the furnishings inherited by Mrs. Stileman and executed for Papworth Hall, Cambridgeshire by George Oakley (d. 1841). Related tables were sold anonymously, in these Rooms, 12 December 1968, lot 96, 4 July 1991, lot 99, and 14 November 1991, lot 144.