The distinctive feature of the sunk quatrefoiled panel on the tapering herm legs is typically associated with the work of Thomas Chippendale. It is found on the leg of the set of twenty dining-chairs supplied to Harewood House in 1770-71 and an artist's table supplied in 1767 for the library at Nostell Priory. The boss roundels, often combined with concave cut-cornered panels, feature on a secretaire-cabinet of circa 1775 for Paxton House. (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, vol. II, figs. 91, 146, 396). Although the Vitruvian-scroll frieze is not found on recorded Chippendale pieces as a carved element, it appears on the inlaid edge of a pier table attributed to Chippendale supplied for the drawing room of Appuldurcombe House, Isle of Wight (ibid., pl. 499).
A related bedside table, attributed to Chippendale, was sold anonymously, in these Rooms, 5 December 1991, lot 201 and another, also attributed to Chippendale, was sold by the late Samuel Messer, Esq., in these Rooms, 5 December 1991, lot 97 (£33,000). A pair, from the Earls of Haddington, Tyninghame, Lothian, featuring a pierced Vitruvian-scroll frieze below the cupboard door and Greek-key frieze below its marble top, was sold anonymously, Sotheby's London, 5 July 1991, lot 96 (£17,600).