This serving-table relates to an Egyptian sideboard pattern engraved in 1804 by George Smith, upholsterer to George, Prince of Wales, later George IV, and published in his Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1808, pl. 92. Smith considered the style as 'Proper for Dining Rooms'.
The style was adopted by firms such as Gillows during the following decade. Designs for related tables appear in the firm's Estimate Sketch Books now in the Westminster City Archives, E.S. 2085 (September 1818) and E.S. 3019 (June 1821).
A related side table was sold Christie's, London, Michael Lipitch II, 4 October 2001, lot 96 (£8,225 including premium).
A pair of Regency mahogany hall chairs with shell backs attributed to Gillows and with provenance from Stapleford Park was sold Bonhams, London, 11 March 2015 (£2,750 including premium).