With their lion-shaped winged supports and the finely carved ivy decoration, the design of these console tables derives in part from the drawings, sketched by the French designer Pierre de la Mésangère.
In 1802 he published the Collection de meubles et objets de gôut and provided a significant outlet for the dissemination of French fashion in the early nineteenth century. The journal contains illustrations of luxury items that would have been found not only in the hôtels of the wealthy Parisian bourgeoisie but also on the European courtyards, including the latest wares of accomplished ébénistes. For a secretaire with a comparable pair of lion monopodia see P. de la Mésangère, Meubles et Objets de gôut, Paris 1796-1830, pl. 73; For a pair of chairs with similar design see D. Linley, Star Pieces, London 2009, p. 85.