This table compares to patterns for 'Claw Tables' published in Ince and Mayhew's Universal System of Household Furniture (1759-62), pl. XIII. Such ornamental tables were often used for holding tea and coffee equipage.
A closely related example formed part of the collection of Fred Skull is now in the Irwin Untermyer Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (see J. Gloag, et. al., English Furniture: Irwin Untermyer Collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1963, pl. 201, fig. 239). Both tables share the same unusual gallery delicately incised with opposing scrolls to each corner.
A table with closely related base and rectangular tray-top is illustrated in P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, 1927, vol. III, p. 198, fig. 10 (as well as in the 1953 edition). Another similar is in M. Jourdain and F. Rose, English Furniture: The Georgian Period (1750-1830), London, 1953, p. 107, fig. 75, later sold from the collection of Jerome C. Neuhoff, Sotheby's New York, 25 January, 1986, lot 190. And a further example sold these Rooms, 13 April 2000, lot 19 ($99,500), while a jardinere with similar although more elaborately carved base was sold Sotheby's New York, 11 October 1996, lot 344.