The table is conceived in the antique manner promoted by Thomas Hope's Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807. Its star-studded frieze derives from that of Hope's Egyptian chimneypiece (pl. XVI); and its Egyptian leopardess heads as well as the plinth-supported and sarcophagus-scrolled trestles from a stool and table (pl. XII, nos 5, 6 and 4).
Hope's pair of mahogany tables was sold by Christie's at the Deepdene Sale, July-August 1917, lot 827, and purchased for the Ashmolean Museum (N. Penny, Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, vol. II, Oxford, 1992 nos. 522 and 523).