This tripod table is designed in the George II 'antique' manner, its fluted column and baluster-shaft supported on Bacchic panther's hairy-paw tripod feet and enriched with Roman acanthus. Whilst the scrolling acanthus-pierced gallery may conceivably derive from the Temple of Apollo frieze published in R. Wood's Ruins of Palmyra, 1753, its flowered-ribbon top and canted form can be found on patterns for 'Claw Tables' and 'Trays', with fretted and everted rims, published in Genteel Household Furniture in the Present Taste, by A Society of Upholsterers and Cabinet-Makers, circa 1765 (C. Gilbert, Genteel Household Furniture, reprinted, Wakefield, 1978, pls.38 and 89). Earlier still, however, Messrs. Mayhew and Ince published designs for both 'Voyders' and 'Tea Kettle Stands' with pronounced, everted, pierced galleries and octagonal tops in their Universal System of Household Furniture, 1762, pls. XIV and XV.
Exceptional examples of the carver's art, such tripod tables are rare survivors indeed. A tripod with identical pierced acanthus frieze and undoubtedly by the same hand, but with a canted square top edged with overlapping husks, was sold from the collection of Samuel Messer, Esq., Christie's London, 5 December 1991, lot 79. A further tripod table, also with canted square top from the collection of Percival Griffiths, no doubt acquired on the advice of R.W. Symonds, was published by the latter in English Furniture from Charles II to George II, London, 1929, no.152. Another was sold from the collection of Frederick Howard Reed at Christie's London, 16 November 1955, lot 182. Finally, a tripod table with a square top with lobed, rather than chamfered corners, is preserved at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (W.66-1953).