The sideboard-table, with its Roman tablet of a laurel festooned and sunflowered patera, is designed in the antique manner popularised by Messrs A. Hepplewhite & Co.'s The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788. A related tablet features on a sideboard-table illustrated in H. Cescinsky, English Furniture of the 18th Century, vol. III, 1911, fig. 11.
When this table was sold at Christie's New York, the inscription was erroneously transcribed as a signature, 'J. Bell'.