This table's Roman acanthus-wrapped vase baluster, raised on a serpentined truss claw, terminates in voluted scrolls in the George II manner featured in a firescreen pattern attributed to Messrs Ince and Mayhew and published in The Society of Upholsterers, Genteel Houshold Furniture in genteel Taste for the Year 1760, pl. 91. A claw of similar form appears on a firescreen, dated to the 1760s at Padworth House, Berkshire (R. Edwards, Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture, London, 1964 p.438, fig. 16).
Robert Wemyss Symonds (1889-1958) dominated the field of English furniture collecting in the mid-20th Century. Between 1921 and 1958 his five major books and countless articles formed and then reflected the taste of a generation. He was involved in the formation of almost all of the great private collections of English furniture and clocks of the time, including those of Percival Griffiths, Eric and Ralph Moller, Samuel Messer and Joseph Sassoon Sykes, and much of their furniture was used to illustrate his books. When sourcing furniture for his clients, Symonds laid particular emphasis on original patination, a well-balanced design and good quality carving and timber. Unlike many collectors today where the provenance is paramount, Symonds' primary concern was that the piece stood on its own merits, with or without an illustrious background.
This table has the rare distinction of having been owned not only by Percival Griffiths but also by J.S. Sykes. The latter's truly remarkable collection was discussed in a series of articles published by Symonds including 'Eighteenth Century Mahogany Furniture, illustrated with examples from the collection of Mr. J.S.Sykes', Apollo, August 1937, pp.68-73.