The golden table-top, with scalloped and palm-wrapped medallion wreathed with sunflowered patterae and acanthus-husk festoons, reflects the 'Roman' fashion introduced in the l760s by Robert and James Adam and popularised in the following decade by their The Works in Architecture, 1773-1779, and in particular by their pattern for a 'commode-table' top for Derby House, London (vol. II, pl. VIII). Its elliptic and antique-fluted frame with sunflowered patterae and columnar legs, wreathed by palms and terminating in reeded feet, also relates to Robert Adam's 1768 design for a table for Lansdowne House, Berkeley Square (see E. Harris, The Furniture of Robert Adam, London, 1963, pl. 16).
It is probable that this pier table was made by Mayhew and Ince following a design by Robert Adam. The satinwood veneer is identical to that on lot 80, which is attributed to the firm on stylistic grounds.