This table's fret-enriched frieze, picturesque cartouche and Gothic 'cut through' feet feature in a 'Sideboard Table' pattern issued in the first edition of Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director, 1754, pl.lx. Although by no means unique, Chippendale's Director, published in three editions between 1754 and 1762 and sold for the comparatively high price of 2.8.0, was arguably the most influential pattern-book of the period. Subscribed to by both patrons and cabinet-makers alike, including London makers such as William Gordon, the Channons, James Rannie and William Ince, as well those from Provincial centres such as Thomas Malton of Nottingham, Messrs. Wright and Elwick of Wakefield and Robert Barker of York, it inspired the oeuvre of cabinet-makers throughout England and beyond. It is, therefore, almost impossible to attribute furniture inspired from a Director design with any confidence to a specific cabinet-maker, unless supported by further corroborative evidence or provenance.
The distinctive foot-pattern displayed on this table also featured on a table acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London in 1949 (W.41-1949), as well as on a companion table sold anonymously at Christie's London, 3 July 1997, lot 140 and illustrated in A.Coleridge, Chippendale Furniture, London, 1968, fig.217.
P. Macquoid, in his celebrated book The Age of Mahogany (op.cit.), wrote of this table:- Fig. 205 is what Chippendale names a 'Gothic sideboard-table'....in design a mixture of the French and Gothic tastes.....The design for this table without the columns is given in plate lx. of the Director; these were, no doubt, an afterthought, as the perforation of the legs might have looked empty without this addition. The colour of this fine table is a warm cinnamon, and the wood has never been polished or varnished.