In a letter dated 29th January 1824, Sir David Hunter Blair's factor, John Farquharson orders from Mr. Morison, Ayr... 'Two Writing tables (see lot 28) London pattern' and goes on to describe 'this makes some little difference from your estimate in order to meet Mr. Dowbiggin's invoice' (Blairquhan Archive).
The present table with locks stamped by an English maker does not have ash drawer-linings, which are used on the Scottish examples. It therefore may have been a London pattern table ordered from Thomas Dowbiggin and used by James and Matthew Morison as the model from which lots 28, 29 and 30 were copied.
Thomas Dowbiggin (d.1854) established a celebrated building and decorating business around 1816 in Mayfair, where his Mount Street premises were eventually taken over by Messrs Holland & Sons. During the 1820s he was involved in major furnishing schemes for the Duke of Wellington'’s pslely House . He was perhaps the most successful London cabinet-maker of the first half of the 19th century.