This form of serpentined and hinged table-top concealing dressing-compartments and a mirror, featured in a 'Lady's Dressing Table' pattern published in Messrs. A. Hepplewhite & Co's, The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788, (pl. 72). It also featured on the trade card for 'Jno Macklane/Cabinet, Chair Maker and/UPHOLDER/in Little Newport Street/near Leicester Square/London'. This is almost certainly the same cabinet-maker as the famous John McLean of Upper Marylebone Street (S. Redburn, 'John McLean and Son', Furniture History, Leeds, 1978, pl. 31A).
A similar satinwood and marquetry dressing-table was sold anonymously in these Rooms, 7 July 1994, lot 88, while two tables of this pattern, but with fixed and galleried tops, are illustrated in F.L. Hinckley, Hepplewhite, Sheraton and Regency Furniture, New York, 1987, figs. 21 and 22.