This model of desk is based on a design published by Thomas Sheraton in his The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book, London, 1802, pl. 58. It is a model that was made by Gillows of London and Lancaster from 1840 to circa 1860, and many of the Gillows examples bear the firm's stamp. The design of this desk closely relates to two sketches for 'An Oak pedestal and Kidney table' in one of Gillows' Estimate Sketch Books dated 1840. Holland and Sons supplied a similar desk in 1868 for £ 27 102 0d (see: R.W. Symonds and B.B. Whineray, Victorian Furniture, London, 1962, p.196, fig. 221).