Based on a plate 53 of the first edition of Chippendale's Director(London, 1754) with pierced cross stretchers, open brackets and serpentine leaves, and relates to a small group of tables with Portsmouth, New Hampshire histories. That this group of tables adheres closely to English design and craftsmanship suggests the shop of English trained cabinet maker Robert Harrold. This table bears remnants of a paper lable, and a chalk signature under a leaf which may read "Robert Ha..." For similar examples see Jobe, ed. Iorsmouth Furniture(Boston, 1993) pp.246-247, figs. 56-56a, Jobe and Kaye New England Furniture, The Colonial Era (Boston, 1984) p.33, fig. I-37, and a third example sold in these Rooms, January 18, 1992, lot 482.