This George I pier table is likely to have been supplied en suite with a mirror to serve as a dressing-table in a bedroom apartment. The golden top is fretted in bas relief in a Roman mosaic with a flowered compartment framed by a ribboned tablet, whose hollowed corners display Venus shells. Related late l7th century patterns for richly trimmed beds after the Louis XIV Roman fashion promoted by Jean Bérain (d.1711) were published around 1700 in the Oeuvres of the Paris-trained architect Daniel Marot (d.1752). A table with a similar top was offered Christie's, London, 16 November 1995, lot 44.
The distinctive truss-scrolled capitals and feet of the legs reflect the antique style promoted by Rome-trained architects such as James Gibbs (d.1754) author of, A Book of Architecture, 1728. Related legs feature on India-back parlour chairs supplied in the early part of George I's reign for Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire (sold Christie's, New York, 16 April 2002, lot 10). Amongst the cabinet-makers, specialising in such furniture was James Moore (d.1726) (see T. Murdoch, 'The Kings cabinet-maker; the giltwood furniture of James Moore the Elder', Burlington Magazine, June 2003, pp.408-420).