The handle pattern on this writing-table also features on a pair of writing-cabinets thought to have been supplied to George Child Villiers, 5th Earl of Jersey around 1805 by James Newton (G. Ellwood, 'James Newton', Furniture History, 1995, vol. XXXI, p. 161, fig. 33). Silver versions of the 'knob' handles with 'Drapry' were invoiced in 1790 by John Kerr (d.1808) of Pall Mall for a 'Writing Table' supplied to George, Prince of Wales, later King George IV (H. Roberts, 'The First Carlton House Table?', Furniture History, 1995, vol. XXXI, p. 127, fig. 2). The form of the reed-capped columnar legs enriched with flutes also relates to that of a Carlton House writing-table reputed to have been presented by George IV, when Prince Regent, to his Court Tailor and sold at Sotheby's by his descendant, J. N. Colson, Esq., 9 April 1968, lot 306 (see also lot 83 in this sale), while the drums of the rounded corners are inlaid with trompe l'oeil flutes in a manner adopted by Messrs. Seddon, Sons and Shackleton of Aldersgate Street (for example a cabinet sold from the collection of the late Joe Blanchard, Sotheby's, 3 May 1996, lot 10, which is now attributed to this firm).
There is an almost identical writing-table, although with square handles, in the Little Drawing Room at Uppark, West Sussex, (Uppark, West Sussex, National Trust Guide Book, 1995, p. 70), and another very similar one illustrated in C. Claxton Stevens and S. Whittington, 18th Century English Furniture, The Norman Adams Collection, Woodbridge, 1983, p. 146.