This Drawing Room 'loo' games-table with tripod-altar pedestal derives from a pattern after the French/antique manner issued in the connoisseur Thomas Hope's Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807 (pl. 39); but here replaces an inlaid laurel wreath with one of oak.
This inlay, like the table's oak veneer, reflects the 'British' fashion promoted by the Tenterden Street cabinet-maker George Bullock (d.1818) and lauded in Rudolph Ackermann's, The Repository of Arts, 1816.
It relates to Bullock's 1815/16 furnishings supplied for Napoleon's St. Helena Residence and Matthew Robinson Boulton's house at Tew, Oxfordshire. Its Birmingham castors, manufactured by Cope, also feature on oak furniture manufactured in the 'Bullock' manner in the 1840s by the Bond Street cabinet-maker and decorator G. J. Morant (see the Tew chairs sold anonymously Christie's London 27 November 2003, lot 165)
A related oak inlaid and veneered table was sold anonymously Christie's London, 6 March 2003, lot 48.