This pair of card-tables have tops with radiating veneer designed to be reflected in pier glasses. Messrs A. Hepplewhite & Co. illustrated a design for a semi-elliptical card-table in their The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788, pl. 60. They state that card-tables "may be either square, circular or oval; the inner part is lined with green cloth; the fronts may be enriched with inlaid or painted ornaments; the tops also admit of great elegance in the same styles."
These tables are accompanied by a letter from Wood and Hogan, dated February 5 1936, where the tables are described in glowing terms as follows:
"They came to us from England with the comment that they very likely could have come from Sheraton's own shop, for they are one of the finest pairs of satinwood card-tables to be found for sale today. The workmanship is exquisitely done and the colour is very fine. The list price is $1075 and we are sorry that we cannot reduce the price on them..."