The design for the stretcher derives from Thomas Chippendale's 'Breakfast Table' pattern published in The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1754, pl. XXXIII. Chippendale published his highly influential pattern book in three editions from 1754-1762. From 1763 he collaborated with Matthias Darly to produce 161 plates representing 'the most elegant and useful designs of household furniture in the most fashionable taste' and this first folio volume was subscribed to by both patrons and craftsmen in London and the provinces - inluding William Ince of Mayhew and Ince and Richard Gillow.
A Pembroke table which corresponded directly to Chippendale's design was sold from the collection of Simon Sainsbury in these Rooms, 18 June 2008, lot 63.