This 'round monopodium' table, in the French-antique manner, was introduced around 1800 by the connoisseur collector Thomas Hope (d. 1831) for his Duchess Street museum and published in his guide Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807, (pl. 39).
General Thomas Gage (d. 1787), was a distinguished British soldier who saw extensive service in America during the War of Independence. He was Govenor of Massahusetts in 1774 and presided over a 'disintergration of affairs' in the colony and was appointed commander-in-chief in North America in 1775. Gage resigned soon after and returned to London where he lived in Portland Place until his death in 1787.