Among the finest examples of its form, this card table relates closely to a group of late 18th century tables from Philadelphia that may have been popularized by the shop of Thomas Affleck. William Horner pictures four similar examples in his Blue Book of Philadelphia Furniture (Washington, D.C., 1935), plates 255, 266, 269, and 276, two of which he attributes to Thomas Affleck. The example offered here is very similar to plate 266, a table that Horner notes was made by Affleck at a cost of four pounds. Among the perhaps dozen surviving examples of the form, this example is related most closely to a table in the Winterthur Museum (see Downs, American Furniture, [New York, 1952] cat. no. 246). The present example is distinguished by the deeply shaped serpentine case sides that mirror the shaping of the top. This detail, lacking on many examples, infuses the table with an increased sense of movement and elegance.