This table is designed in the early 19th century antiquarian manner with a top composed of specimen marbles. With its bolection frieze, cabriole legs carved with scrolls and acanthus and lion-paw feet, it relates to an oak side table designed by Jeffry Wyatt and supplied to the 6th Duke of Bedford for Endsleigh, Devon by John Williams of Exeter in 1814. The Endsleigh table was sold anonymously, Christies, London, 20 January 2005, lot 310.
The Wyatt family of architects and designers were closely associated with the Gillows family, who were probably responsible for executing many of the Wyatt designs. The present lot is typical of Gillows work in the Georgian revival or antiquarian style. An oak side table, in the antiquarian style, was supplied in 1823 to the 2nd Baron Newborough for Glynllifon, Caernarvonshire by Gillows. It was sold anonymously, Christies, London, 9 March 2000, lot 100. A pair of small tables also representing a revival of mid-Georgian design are lot 320 in this sale and correspond to a Gillows design of 1822.
It is possible that the marble top on this table is a Grand Tour souvenir brought back to England. A specimen slab, almost certainly acquired by Jonas Brooke (d. 1784) on his Grand Tour, was put on a mahogany base, probably by Gillows, in the early 19th century. It remained at his family seat, Mere Hall, Cheshire, until it was sold Christies house sale, 23 May 1994, lot 60. It was sold again, anonymously, Christies, London, 1 July 2004, lot 115.