This elegant sideboard-table, with tablet-centred and antique-fluted frieze and flute-enriched, hermed and stump-footed legs, epitomises the restrained antique or Roman fashion introduced at Thomas Chippendale's St. Martin's Lane workshops in the 1770s by his son Thomas Chippendale Junior (d. 1822), author of Sketches of Ornament, 1779.
The current table corresponds to a dining-room sideboard supplied by the firm in circa 1776 to Ninian Home for Paxton House, Berwickshire, Scotland (illustrated in C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, vol.II, p. 193, fig. 351). Both Thomas Chippendale and his son worked extensively at Paxton over many years as supported by documentation dating from 1774 until 1791. Ninian Home sought to furnish Paxton in a 'neat and substantially good' manner and the sideboard table was a more refined and less ornamented version of the table supplied by Chippendale for Harewood House, Yorkshire in circa 1771 (C. Gilbert, op.cit, p.192, pl.350). A similar table, also likely to have been supplied for Paxton, was sold at Christie's, London, 14 June 2001, lot 130. A suite, comprising two pairs of demi-lunes and a pair of rectangular tables, identical but with roundel-enriched feet was sold by the late Margaret, Countess of Suffolk and Berkshire, Sotheby's, London, 25 July 1969, lot 125.