A directly comparable table signed 'Battista Gatti L. 1843' is illustrated in E. Barbolini Ferrari et al., Arredi dell'Ottocento: Il mobile borghese in Italia, Modena, 2002, p. 89, and again in E. Colle, Il Mobile dell'Ottocento in Italia, Milano, 2007, p.76.
It shares with the present lot the octagonal top, elaborate fruitwood marquetry and the distinctive turtle-form feet.
Giovanni Battista Gatti (1816-1889) was born in Florence where he became apprenticed to the brothers Luigi and Angelo Falcini who specialised in marquetry. This table, with its dark rosewood ground inlaid with ivory, mother-of-pearl and golden floral marquetry closely relates to the Falcini style. Like the comparable it therefore probably dates from Gatti's scuola faentina period before he moved to Rome at the end of 1847 and after which his pieces are characterized by the more prominent use of ivory. Gatti won a first class medal at the 1855 Paris Exposition Universelle for a spectacular bureau cabinet subsequently sold at Christie's, London, 28 October 1993, lot 287.