The art of tambour embroidery on a drum frame became fashionable in George III's reign, and featured in contemporary portraits such as that of Lady Ducie, executed in the 1780s by John Russell (J. Hardy and M. Tomlin, Osterley Park, 1985, p. 99). This tambour work-table with vase-enriched column has a serpentined tripod 'claw' with involuted feet similar to a candlestand pattern featured in Thomas Chippendale, The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director, 3rd ed., 1762, pl. CXLIV. One such tripod frame features in an engraving of Mary, 3rd Duchess of Richmond, issued by W.W. Ryland after a painting by Angelica Kauffmann of 1775 (W. W. Rowarth, Angelica Kauffmann, Stockbridge, 1992, fig. 128).