With its serpentine frame, the form of this writing-table relates to one of two patterns for 'Buroe Dressing Tables' from Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, published in three editions from 1754 to 1762. Accompanying the designs Chippendale included a description, writing 'Two Designs of Commode-Bureau-Tables, with their Plans below, and proper Scales... The Recess for the Knees is of circular Form, which looks more handsome than when it is quite straight' (Thomas Chippendale, The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 3rd ed., 1762, pl. LXII).
A related kneehole dressing- and writing-table based on the same design, formerly in the collections of both Percival Griffiths and Geoffrey Blackwell, was was included in the landmark sale of the collection of Samuel Messer Christie's London, 5 December 1991, lot 98 (£37,400 including premium).