The table's robust architecture with arched and acorn-enriched brackets is typical of the antique fashion adopted by the Tenterden Street cabinet-maker George Bullock (d. 1818) and praised for its 'tasteful simplicty' in R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1815. An oak games-table, with brackets flowered with Egyptian lily pods, is illustrated C. Wainwright et al, George Bullock, London, 1988 (no. 47). A pedestal desk attributed to George Bullock and of identical form to that supplied for New Longwood house, Napoleon's house in exile on the island of St. Helena. The latter was fitted with identical brackets and was sold by the late 4th Earl of Wharncliffe; Christie's, London, 10 April 2003, lot 100.
A closely related table of this form was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 7 October 1993, lot 51.