This table, with its lappeted club legs, finished on all sides, relates to several small mahogany chamber tables with moulded tops and re-entrant corners, supplied to Sir Robert Walpole (d.1745) for Houghton Hall, Norfolk, circa 1725. They were probably used as dressing-tables in the bedchambers on both the ground and second floors. They seem to correspond in number to the dressing-tables listed in 1792, and are what Thomas Chippendale would later describe as a 'Chamber table'. One of the Houghton tables is illustrated in situ, in the Hunting Hall at Houghton in A. Moore, (ed.) Houghton
Hall, The Prime Minister, The Empress and the Heritage, London, 1996, pp. 90 and 92, no. 8.
A similar version of this table was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 15 April 1999, lot 159 (£16,100).