The design of this centre table evolved from the pattern for a reed-edged table with tripod-altar pedestal illustrated by the collector connoisseur Thomas Hope (d. 1831) in his influential collection of Regency designs, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807, plate XXXIX, and introduced to his Duchess Street museum mansion. Hope owned at least one table of this pattern which is illustrated in an 1818 watercolour of the Small Drawing-Room at The Deepdene, Hope's country house that he acquired in 1807 (M. Descamps, Empire, London, 1994, p. 184). Another table of this pattern was sold from the property of the late Ian Phillips, Esq., Charlton Mackrell Court, Somerset, 16 November 1995, lot 345. Another of Thomas Hope's tables of this model is in the Victoria & Albert Museum (M. Jourdain, Regency Furniture, London, 1965, rev. ed., p. 21, figs. 19 & 20).
The present table relates to one sold from the property of the late Wilfred Evill, Esq., Sotheby's London, 12 July 1963, lot 107. Another drum table was sold anonymously, Christie's New York, 14 April 1984, lot 169 ($18,700, inc. premium).